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Abdul Hamid sworn in as Bangladesh's president

April 24, 2013 23:04 IST

Veteran politician and parliamentarian Abdul Hamid was on Wednesday sworn in as Bangladesh's 20th president.

Hamid was administered the oath of office by acting Speaker Shawkat Ali during a ceremony at the Bangabhaban presidential palace, two days after he was elected unopposed to the post.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was among the guests who witnessed the ceremony alongside her cabinet colleagues, but the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party did not attend the event.

The BNP, led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, has been waging an anti-government street campaign.

It has not expressed any reservation about Hamid's election so far.

The titular presidency in the country appears to be widely functional just ahead of the general elections due early next year.

The ruling Awami League had nominated the veteran leader for the presidency on April 21. Prior to his election to the post, Hamid was the speaker of the ninth parliament.

Hamid, 69, a long-time aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, had been the Acting President of the country since his predecessor Zillur Rahman died on March 20 in a Singapore hospital.

Anisur Rahman In Dhaka
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