Atiur Rahman, 64, resigned over after a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"He (Rahman) has tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister," a Premier's office spokesman told media.

Prime Minister's press secretary Ihsanul Karim said Rahman met Hasina at her office in the morning and handed over his resignation, seven years after he was appointed as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank.

During his tenure, Rahman, a development economist, launched a series of populist policies to take bank services to the doorstep of millions of rural people in Bangladesh.

Earlier in the morning, an emotional and apparently distressed Rahman told newsmen he was ready to quit for the sake of the country.

His resignation came weeks after the Central Bank confirmed that the huge amount was stolen from its account in Federal Reserve Bank of New York, sparking a worldwide uproar.

The heist took place on the night of February 4, using information stolen through the malware, which sent a total of 35 transfer orders to the New York Federal Reserve Bank where the Bangladesh's central bank has an account.

Reports said the hackers misspelled the name of a Sri Lankan non-governmental organisation, triggering a check of the request which raised the alarm.

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