Press Esc to close
Saturday 26 July 2014
News updated at 2:35 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.2°C
Min : 20.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Hamid becomes Bangladesh's new president

Dhaka, April 22, 2013, (IANS):

Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed the president of Bangladesh which has been reeling under a violent political stand-off between the ruling and the main opposition parties.

"Abdul Hamid, speaker of the National Assembly, is elected president of Bangladesh as per section 7 of the Presidential Election Law 1991," said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmed in a formal announcement Monday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling coalition Sunday named Abdul Hamid as its candidate for the post of the country's 20th president, reported Xinhua.


In line with the polls schedule announced April 9, the aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers April 21 and the deadline for withdrawal of the nomination papers has been set April 24.

The presidential election of Bangladesh was slated for April 29. But no other candidate filed to run in the election.

The post fell vacant following the death of President Zillur Rahman March 20 at Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore, where he was undergoing medical treatment.

Since then, Hamid has been made the acting president.

After parliamentary democracy was introduced in the South Asian country, the lawmakers only once voted and elected president in 1991 as there were more than one candidate for the post.

But later the trend changed and the ruling party nominee has always been elected uncontested as president -- a post which is said to be a ceremonial one and does not exercise any control over the running of the state.

Hamid became president at a crucial time when Bangladesh has been reeling under a violent political stand-off between the ruling and the opposition parties over restoration of a non-party caretaker government system to oversee the next general elections slated for early 2014.

Analysts say the new Bangladesh president will also have to handle a tumultuous political situation ahead of the next general polls, as the ruling Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are currently at loggerheads over the structure of the poll-time government.

Although the presidential post in Bangladesh is a ceremonial one and does not allow exercise of any control over the running of the state, the role has become important after the term of the government has finished, when his/her executive authority is enhanced as laid down in the constitution of the country.

A lawyer by profession, Hamid became the acting president on March 14 after late president Zillur Rahman fell sick and was flown to Singapore for treatment.

Hamid is the second National Assembly speaker to become president -- an elevation from the state's No.3 position to No.1.

According to the constitution, the president shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of his taking up office.

Hamid, a war hero, was elected member of Bangladesh parliament six times, in 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2008, respectively.

The veteran politician was also elected as a member of parliament in the 1970 national elections when Bangladesh, as erstwhile East Pakistan, was part of Pakistan.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Actor Akshay Kumar at an event in Gurgaon...

Actor Akshay Kumar at an event in Gurgaon...

Owner of Jaipur Pink Panther Kabaddi Team Abhishek Bachchan during a promotional event...

Owner of Jaipur Pink Panther Kabaddi Team Abhishek Bachchan during a promotional event...

Sand sculpture with a message “Stop War” at Puri beach of Odisha...

Sand sculpture with a message “Stop War” at Puri beach of Odisha...

A villager on his way to collect drinking water wades through flood waters carrying a vessel...

A villager on his way to collect drinking water wades through flood waters carrying a vessel...

Muslims burn a flag of Israel as they protest against Israel's attack on Gaza, after friday...

Muslims burn a flag of Israel as they protest against Israel's attack on Gaza, after friday...

Army jawans lighting lamps at 'Kargil war Wall Memorial' to pay tribute during the celebrations...

Army jawans lighting lamps at 'Kargil war Wall Memorial' to pay tribute during the celebrations...

Ancient passage stairs found during the underground Jaipur Metro train work at Choti Chopad...

Ancient passage stairs found during the underground Jaipur Metro train work at Choti Chopad...

Gold Medalist India's Abhinav Bindra, Silver Medalist Abdullah Baki of Bangladesh...

Gold Medalist India's Abhinav Bindra, Silver Medalist Abdullah Baki of Bangladesh...

A Malaysia Airlines crew member places a flower next to candles forming the letters MH17...

A Malaysia Airlines crew member places a flower next to candles forming the letters MH17...

Boats head out to the mouth of St. Johns River at dawn during the start of the Greater...

Boats head out to the mouth of St. Johns River at dawn during the start of the Greater...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523