Abdul Hamid elected new Bangla Prez

Bangladesh’s veteran politician and parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed as the new President

Written by Press Trust Of India | Dhaka | Published: April 23, 2013 12:53 am

Bangladesh’s veteran politician and parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed as the new President,a day after ruling Awami League nominated him for the top post.

“Abdul Hamid was elected uncontested as the 20th President of Bangladesh,” Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said Monday.

The 69-year-old longtime aide of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina turned out to be the only one to have filed his nomination for the top post.

He has been the Acting President of the country since Zillur Rahman died on March 20 in a Singapore hospital. The President’s term is for five years.

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