‘Help me see nation through transition’

Newly-elected President Abdul Hamid has sought cooperation from all to carry out his duties to see Bangladesh through a phase of difficult transition

“Only Allah knows how I will be able to carry out my duties with honour,” Hamid told a reception programme at the LD Hall in the parliament complex, the first since his election as President.

“I am taking over at a time when the state is passing through a transition,” he said asking all to pray for his success.

Hamid said he was counting on former President Hussein Muhammad Ershad to help in this crisis.

“Former President Ershad is still alive. I hope he will assist me by suggesting and advising. Also, there are many capable people present here … I hope, they will also help me out,” Hamid said addressing the programme.

Abdul Hamid will take oath on Wednesday as the 20th President of Bangladesh, with barely eight months left for the present Awami League-led government’s tenure.

He is a seven-time lawmaker and two-time Speaker of Parliament.

Hamid has been the acting President since his predecessor Md Zillur Rahman died on Mar 20.

He was elected as the new President uncontested on Sunday and will be the head of the state for the next five years.

He has received the Independence Award, the highest civilian award in Bangladesh, this year for his contribution during the Liberation War. The reception programme on Tuesday was organised to celebrate the achievement.

Earlier at the programme, former military ruler HM Ershad said, “The government does not change without election. I would like to urge President-elect Abdul Hamid to call everyone. Let’s all sit together and create the environment for the election.”

The Chairman of Jatiya Party, a partner of the ruling Grand Alliance, said, “The country is going through a crisis. The future seems dark. Please call everyone and let us find a way out from this together.”

Ershad also mentioned Hamid’s role as the Speaker. “He conducted the parliament in a witty manner. Now I wish that you [Hamid] make the nation happy.”

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said this was the year of general elections. “And the post of the President is very important.”

During his speech, an emotionally charged Hamid said, “I spent 42 years in this parliament. Today is a day of grief for me… Wherever I go, my heart will always be here.”

“I will be living in the Bangabhaban. But I will come to parliament more than any other President,” he added.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal’s Executive President and lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal said Bangladesh has seen different kinds of President. “But now, a soft-hearted President will set an example for all.”

Ruling Awami League’s senior leader Tofail Ahmed said the President is the symbol for everyone’s unity. “Election of Abdul Hamid as the President has reflected the wish of all parties.”

Acting Speaker Shawkat Ali, ministers, Chief Whip Abdus Shahid, Members of Parliament and parliament Secretariat officials were also present at the reception programme.

Source: Bd news24


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