DHAKA: The speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament Abdul Hamid was elected unopposed as president Monday, a potentially crucial role as the restive country heads for elections next year, officials said.
Hamid is a 69-year-old stalwart of the ruling Awami League party who has been serving as acting president of the Muslim-majority nation after the death of his predecessor Zillur Rahman on March 20.
“Abdul Hamid has won the election uncontested. The chief election commissioner declared him as the winner today (Monday),” said S.M. Asaduzzman, a director of the Election Commission.
The post of president, which is elected by parliament, fell vacant last month after Rahman died of old age complications in a hospital in Singapore.
Although the president’s role has been largely ceremonial since 1991 when the country switched to a parliamentary system of government, the leader has immense power during the transition of government.
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