April 22, 2013, midnight

Bangladesh’s parliament appointed acting president and parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid as the country’s new president. Hamid started serving as acting president on March 20, 2013 after the death of President Zillur Rahman. Hamid was declared president-elect as he ran unopposed for the position. Hailing from the ruling Awami League party, his cordial ties with the opposition parties like the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have been well received, considering the opposition has threatened to boycott the next elections (due by January 2014) in the absence of a neutral caretaker government.

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