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President Md Abdul Hamid re-elected for a second term

Abrar Hussain

Md Abdul Hamid has been re-elected to serve as the 21st president of Bangladesh.The Election Commission’s declaration came yesterday since no other candidates contested the polls.With the Awami League having an absolute majority in parliament, it was almost certain that Hamid will serve as the head of state for a second term. On Apr 24, 2013, Hamid was sworn in as the 20th president of Bangladesh. Since independence, 16 people have headed the state for 19 terms. Hamid is the 17th person to serve as president. Hamid, however, is the only president who will be serving a consecutive term. It will be his last because the constitution allows a maximum of two terms, reports Bdnews24.Speaking to the media yesterday, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda hinted that the swearing-in ceremony will be held on April 23. On January 25, the Election Commission announced the presidential polls schedule, setting February 5 for filing nominations. But the only one was submitted on behalf of Hamid from the ruling Awami League.Lawmakers vote in the presidential election, held in the House with the CEC acting as the election officer. MPs voted to elect a president only once in 1991, when parliamentary democracy was reinstated. Since then, it has been elected unopposed.

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