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AL finalises Hamid as president

Update : 20 Apr 2013, 07:28 AM

The Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had decided to nominate Abdul Hamid as the country’s next president after consultation with her senior party colleagues, sources said.

Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, state minister for women affairs, is likely to replace Hamid as the speaker of the parliament, ruling party sources said.

Hasina at a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board (ALPB) yesterday sought opinion of the senior leaders about the next presidential candidate.  Hamid’s name was proposed unanimously, a senior AL source told Dhaka Tribune.

On March 14, Abdul Hamid took over the charge of the country’s presidency after then president Zillur Rahman fell sick and was flown to Singapore for treatment. Later, Zillur Rahman died on March 20.

The meeting also discussed that Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury might be chosen as the speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad once Hamid is elected president, the AL sources said.

AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Kazi Zafrullah and Syed Ashraful Islam were present at the meeting.

The ALPB meeting was held to select the candidate for Naogaon-5 by-election but has been adjourned without any decision.  The party would hold this meeting on April 22.

AL president Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting, held at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister. The board interviewed some 14 aspirant candidates including Rehana Jalil, wife of former AL general secretary late Adbul Jalil, for the by-poll.

Sources said the party may give the nomination to Rehana Jalil.

The Naogaon-5 parliamentary constituency fell vacant after Abdul Jalil died on March 6.

As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission the by-elections to the Naogaon-5 constituency will be held on May 25. Last day for submitting the nomination papers is April 25.

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