President Md Abdul Hamid has taken oath as head of state for the second consecutive term.
The speaker of parliament, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, administered the oath at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in Dhaka at 7:43pm on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretary, Mohammad Shafiul Alam, conducted the swearing-in ceremony.
Later, the president signed the oath of office.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Leader of the Opposition in parliament, Raushon Ershad, Deputy Leader in parliament, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Cabinet members, the prime minister’s Adviser, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, chiefs of the three armed services, MPs, senior politicians, former ministers, foreign diplomats, news editors, and other dignitaries were also present at the ceremony.
Wearing a black Mujib coat and a white Panjabi, President Hamid, along with the speaker, entered Darbar Hall around 7:38pm while a military band played ceremonial music.
After the ceremony, the president exchanged greetings with the guests.
The prime minister, her sister Sheikh Rehana, and Raushon Ershad, also greeted Hamid with flowers.
Afterwards, the prime minister exchanged pleasantries with other guests.
Finding no other candidate in the presidential race, Returning Officer of the presidential election and Chief Election Commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, announced on February 7, ruling Awami League candidate Abdul Hamid elected unopposed, as the president of Bangladesh for a second term.
The present five-year tenure of Hamid expired on Tuesday, as he took office on April 24, 2013.
According to Article 123 of the Constitution, the presidential election shall be held between 90 and 60 days before expiry of the five-year term.
According to the Bangabhaban website, Abdul Hamid was born to late Hazi Md Tayeb Uddin and late Tomiza Khatun on January 1, 1944, in Kamalpur of Mithamain upazila in Kishoreganj district.
He obtained his BA degree from Gurudayal College of Kishoreganj and an LLB degree from Central Law College under Dhaka University. On completion of his education, he engaged himself in the legal profession.
Hamid started his political career in 1959 by joining the student front, Chhatra League. He was the founding president of Chhatra League Kishoreganj sub-division unit in 1964, and was elected vice-president of Chhatra League of the Mymensingh district unit in 1966-67.
He was imprisoned in 1968 for leading a student movement. He joined Awami League at the end of 1969.
Hamid, a valiant freedom fighter, was president of Kishoreganj Awami League from 1978 to 2009 and also headed the district’s Bar Association five times in 1990-96.
In the Pakistan National Assembly election of 1970, Hamid was the junior-most member elected from Mymensingh-18 constituency.
In 1972, he became a member of the Constituent Assembly. As a pro-people and grassroots-level popular leader of Bangladesh Awami League, he was elected MP several times.
In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009, he was elected MP from Kishoreganj-5 constituency as an Awami League nominee.
Abdul Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker of the seventh parliament on July 13, 1996, and held the post till July 10, 2001.
Later, he became speaker of parliament on July 12, 2001, and remained so till October 28, 2001.
In the eighth parliament, he also served as deputy leader of the opposition from November 1, 2001 to October 27, 2006.
He was elected speaker in the ninth parliament and served office from 2009 to 2013.
Hamid took the responsibility of president in-charge on March 14, 2013, when president Md Zillur Rahman was under treatment in Singapore.
After Zillur’s death there on March 20, 2013, Hamid became the acting president from that day on. Later, he was elected president uncontested on April 22, 2013. He was sworn into office two days later.