Bangla President without contest: Abdul Hamid to hold post

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Dhaka, April 22: Abdul Hamid is set to become Bangladesh's 20th president after no other nomination was filed in the election to replace President Zillur Rahman, who died last month in a Singapore hospital, election authorities here said on Monday.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said only one nomination paper had been filed for the presidency and it was on behalf of Hamid. The ruling Awami League party, which has an overwhelming parliamentary majority, nominated Hamid on Sunday.

No parliamentary ballot, required for the largely ceremonial position of the President and which was scheduled for April 29, would not take place owing to the absence of a second candidate, he said.
Hamid has been the acting president since March 14, when Rahman went for medical treatment in Singapore. The latter passed away on March 20.

The date of the swearing-in of the president and the beginning of his five-year term has not been fixed yet.

Hamid, 72, is a former lawyer and was elected to the parliament seven times from Kishoreganj, 100 kilometres from Dhaka, and is serving his second term as the speaker of the parliament. He had joined politics as a student in the late 1950s and became a member of the Awami League in 1969.

He was given the Independence Award for his role in Bangladesh's 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

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