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Mohammad Abdul Hamid (born 1 January 1944) is the current President of Bangladesh. He was elected to his first term in April 2013,[1] and re-elected to his current second term in 2018.[2] Previously he served as the Speaker of the National Parliament from January 2009 to April 2013. He was the acting President after the death of Zillur Rahman in March 2013,[3] and he was elected as president on 22 April 2013.[1]


Mohammad Abdul Hamid
মোহাম্মাদ আবদুল হামিদ
Abdul Hamid - 2014 (cropped).jpg
Hamid in 2014
President of Bangladesh
Assumed office
14 March 2013
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byZillur Rahman
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad
In office
25 January 2009 – 24 April 2013
Preceded byJamiruddin Sircar
Succeeded byShawkat Ali (Acting)
Deputy Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad
In office
14 July 1996 – 10 July 2001
Preceded byL. K. Siddiqui
Succeeded byAkhtar Hameed Siddiqui
Personal details
Born (1944-01-01) 1 January 1944 (age 75)
Kamalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in Bangladesh)
Political partyAwami League
Other political
affiliations
Grand Alliance (2008–present)
Spouse(s)
Rashida Hamid (m. 1964)
ChildrenRejwan Ahammad Taufiq, Rasel Ahmed Tuhin, Riad Ahmed, Shorna Hamid
Alma materGurudayal Government College

Early life and educationEdit

Hamid was born in Kamalpur village, Mithamain Upazila under Kishoreganj District to Md. Tayebuddin and Tomiza Khatun.[3] He started his early education in village primary school. After finishing primary education, he went to his relative's house in Bhairabpur, Bhairab and joined Bhairab K.B. Pilot High School for secondary education. Hamid passed I.A. and B.A. from Gurudayal Government College in Kishoreganj. He then became a practising lawyer in the Kishoreganj Judge Court. He was appointed the President of Kishoreganj Bar Association several times.

Political careerEdit

Hamid joined Chhatra League in 1959 whilst a student in Kishoreganj, as the vice-president of Gurudayal Government College. He was also elected the Vice-President of Chhatra League of Mymensingh District Unit in 1966–67.[4] At the end of 1969, he joined the Awami League. In the 1970 Pakistan general election, Hamid was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mymensingh-18 constituency; he was the youngest person elected. In the general elections of 1973, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2009 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Kishoreganj-5 constituency as a nominee of the Awami League. He was the Deputy Speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh when an Awami League government was in office from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, he was appointed as the deputy leader of the opposition party at the National Assembly, replacing Shashi Kumar Gupta. On 25 January 2009, he became the Speaker of the National Parliament.[5] For his contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, he was awarded the Independence Day Award in 2013.

PresidencyEdit

Hamid was appointed acting President of Bangladesh on 14 March 2013, while President Zillur Rahman was in hospital in Singapore. Rahman died six days later.[6] Later Hamid was elected unopposed as President on 22 April 2013. He was sworn into office on 24 April.[4] On 7 February 2018, he was re-elected unopposed for a second term.[2]

Hamid suggested that a United Nations-administered humanitarian corridor be established in Myanmar for the Rohingya Muslims.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Hamid is married to Rashida Hamid since 1964.[8] Together they have three sons and one daughter.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hamid elected president". The Daily Star. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Hamid elected president for second term". The Daily Star. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Speaker's Biography" (PDF). Bangladesh Parliament. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Life Sketch of Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid". bangabhaban.gov.bd. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "List of Speakers, Bangladesh Parliament". Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman dies in Singapore". Firstpost.
  7. ^ "President Hamid discusses 'Rohingya safe zone' with Turkish President Erdogan". bdnews24.com. 14 September 2013.
  8. ^ "কপাল ভালো বউডা আমার বাইট্টা". Manabzamin. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.