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Bangladesh announces new president amid political standoff
April 22, 2013, 8:42 am


He has been the acting president of the country since Zillur Rahman died last month []

Veteran leader Abdul Hamid was elected unopposed on Monday as 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 on Monday morning.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling coalition Sunday named Abdul Hamid as its candidate for the post of the country’s 20th president.

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

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

He has been the acting president of the country since Zillur Rahman died on March 20 in a Singapore hospital.

The new president’s term is for five years.

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

Source: Agencies

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