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Bangladesh elects parliament speaker as new president

Published on Apr 22, 2013 3:56 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - The speaker of Bangladesh's parliament Abdul Hamid was elected unopposed as president on Monday, a potentially crucial role as the restive country heads for elections next year, officials said.

Mr Hamid is a 69-year-old stalwart of the ruling Awami League party who has been serving as acting president of the Muslim-majority nation after the death of his predecessor Zillur Rahman on March 20.

"Abdul Hamid has won the election uncontested. The chief election commissioner declared him as the winner today (Monday)," said Mr S M Asaduzzman, a director of the Election Commission.

The post of president, which is elected by parliament, fell vacant last month after Mr Rahman died of old age complications in a hospital in Singapore.

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