Begum Khaleda Zia (Bengali: খালেদা জিয়া; born September 5, 1945) is a former Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She was Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, and also from 2001 to 2006. She was the first woman Prime Minister in Bangladesh. Zia is the widow of assassinated President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rehman. She leads his old political party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).