Awami League submits Abdul Hamid’s nomination for Bangladesh president
01:16 PM, February 05, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:45 PM, February 05, 2018

AL submits Hamid’s nomination for president

Ruling Awami League today submitted the nomination of Abdul Hamid, whose current term as president is about to expire, for presidential election to the Election Commission.

A nine-member delegation led by its General Secretary ObaidulQuader submitted the nomination to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda this morning. Tofail Ahmed, Amir Hossain Amu and JS Whip Iqbalur Rahim were among the delegates.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on February 2 formally conveyed President M Abdul Hamid of her party's nomination to him to run the presidency for a second term.

The premier also greeted President Hamid with a bouquet while he reciprocated to her gesture by presenting her another bunch of flowers.

The tenure of Hamid, who took office on April 24, 2013, will expire on April 23 this year.

The election is scheduled to be held on February 18.

According to the Article 123 of the constitution, presidential election has to be held between 90 and 60 days before the expiry of the president's five-year term.

The presidential election is deemed crucial as the next parliamentary polls will be held at the end of this year. The next president will be elected for a five-year term which will continue till the last year of the next government.

Before taking oath as president, Hamid was elected lawmaker seven times and also served as Speaker twice.

He became acting president on March 14, 2013, after the then president Zillur Rahman was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 10. Zillur breathed his last at the hospital on March 20.

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