Hamid sworn in as President

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Warhorse politician and veteran Awami League leader Abdul Hamid was sworn in as the country’s 20th President in a simple ceremony at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.

Acting Speaker Shawkat Ali administered the oath of office to Hamid at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall in the evening.

Cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the oath-taking ceremony that began with the recitation from the holy Quran.

Hamid was elected uncontested the country’s President on Monday, raising a hope that he will take effective initiatives to resolve the country’s long-drawn political crisis.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad made the announcement after scrutinising the validity of Hamid’s candidature. The Election Commission also issued a gazette notification declaring Hamid as the President.

Earlier, on Sunday, the Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) nominated Abdul Hamid as an Awami League candidate to contest the president election.

As per the constitution, the tenure of the President is five years since the day of taking oath.

Among those who witnessed the investiture were Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, ministers, members of parliament, judges of the Supreme Court, and senior civil service and military officials.

The main opposition BNP, which participated in the oath-taking ceremony of Zillur Rahman on February 12, 2009, boycotted the function this time.

Abdul Hamid Advocate, son of late Haji Md Tayebuddin of Kamalpur at Mithamoin under Kishoreganj district was born in a respectable Muslim family January 1, 1944.

Hamid was elected Parliament member for seven times. Hamid discharged as the parliament Speaker twice.

He also served as the Deputy speaker of the parliament and Deputy Leader of the opposition.

Since March 14, Speaker Abdul Hamid had been discharging as acting President as per the Constitution.

Hamid is married, and a father of three sons and a daughter.

For his outstanding contributions to the country’s Independence and Liberation War, Abdul Hamid was conferred upon the Independence Award – 2013.

The post of President fell vacant on March 20 following the death of late President Zillur Rahman while undergoing treatment at a Singapore hospital.

Zillur Rahman, one of the country’s most revered politicians, took over as the 19th President in 2009 after the Awami League-led grand alliance assumed office through a landslide victory in the December 2008 general election.

Source: UNB Connect

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