President Md Abdul Hamid has taken the oath of office Tuesday evening as the head of state for a second consecutive term. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath at Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban at 7:43pm, said Joynal Abedin, press secretary to the president.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the chief justice, Supreme Court judges, former presidents, Cabinet members, lawmakers, senior political leaders, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Finding no other candidate in the presidential race, Returning Officer of the presidential election and Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on February 7 announced ruling Awami League-backed candidate Hamid elected unopposed as president of Bangladesh for a second term. The present five-year tenure of Hamid expires on Tuesday, since he took office on April 24, 2013.
According to Article 123 of the constitution, a presidential election shall be held between 90 and 60 days before the expiry of a five-year term of the sitting president. According to the Bangabhaban website, Abdul Hamid was born on 1 January 1944 at Kamalpur in Mithamoin upazila of Kishoreganj.
Born to late Hazi Md Tayeb Uddin and late Tomiza Khatun, he obtained his BA from Gurudayal College in Kishoregonj and LLB from Central Law College under Dhaka University. Upon completion of his education, he began a career in law. Hamid’s political life began in 1959 when he joined the then student front Chhatra League.
He was the founding president of the Kishoreganj Sub-division unit of Chhatra League in 1964 and was elected vice-president of Chhatra League of Mymensingh district unit in 1966-67. Hamid was imprisoned in 1968 for leading student movements. He joined Awami League at the end of 1969.
Hamid, a freedom fighter, was the president of Kishoreganj district Awami League from 1978 to 2009 and president of Kishoreganj District Bar Association five times between 1990 and 1996. In the Pakistan National Assembly Election of 1970, Hamid was elected the junior-most member from Mymensingh 18 constituency. In 1972, he became the Member of 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. Hamid was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the 7th parliament on July 13, 1996 and held the post until July 10, 2001.
Later, he became Speaker on July 12, 2001 and remained in the position until October 28, 2001. In the 8th parliament, he served as deputy leader of the Opposition from November 01, 2001 to October 27, 2006. He was elected Speaker in the 9th Parliament and served in office from 2009 to 2013.
Hamid took the responsibility of president in- charge on March 14, 2013 when then president Md Zillur Rahman was under treatment in Singapore. After the death of Zillur on March 20, 2013 in Singapore, Hamid became acting president the same day. On April 22, 2013, he was elected president uncontested and took the oath of office on April 24 of that year.