Abdul Hamid (politician)

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The Honourable
Abdul Hamid
আব্দুল হামিদ
16th President of Bangladesh[1]
Assumed office
24 April 2013
Acting: 20 March – 24 April 2013
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Preceded by Zillur Rahman
Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad
In office
25 January 2009 – 24 April 2013
Preceded by Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar
Succeeded by Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
Deputy Speaker of the Jatiyo Sangshad
In office
14 July 1996 – 10 July 2001
Preceded by L. K. Siddiqui
Succeeded by Md. Akhtar Hameed Siddiqui
Personal details
Born (1944-01-01) 1 January 1944 (age 70)
Kamalpur, Mithamain, Kishoreganj, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in Bangladesh)
Political party Awami League
Other political
Grand Alliance (2008–present)
Spouse(s) Rashida Hamid[2]
Children 3 sons and 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Religion Islam

Abdul Hamid (Bengali: আব্দুল হামিদ; born 1 January 1944) is the 16th[1] and current President of Bangladesh.[3] Prior to this position, 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.[4] Hamid took oath as president on April 22, 2013.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hamid was born in Kamalpur village, Mithamain Upazila under Kishoreganj District to Hazi Md. Tayebuddin and Tomiza Khatun.[4] Hamid passed I.A. and B.A. from Gurudayal Government College in Kishoreganj. He later earned his LLB degree from Central Law College under University of Dhaka. He then became a practising lawyer in the Kishoreganj Judge Court. He was appointed the President of Kishoreganj Bar Association several times.

Political career[edit]

Hamid started his political career whilst a student in Kishoreganj, as the vice president of Gurudayal Government College. He was elected 7 times as a member of Parliament from 1970 to 2009.[4] He was the deputy speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh when Awami League formed the government in 1996. In 2001, he was appointed as the deputy leader of the opposition party at the National Assembly. On 25 January 2009, he became the Speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh.[5] For his contribution to Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, he was awarded Independence Day Award in 2013.


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]

Personal life[edit]

Hamid is married and he has three sons and one daughter.[4]


  1. ^ a b "President - National Web Portal of Bangladesh". Government of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Eight receive Independence Awards". bdnews24.com. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Hamid elected president". The Daily Star. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Speaker's Biography". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "List of Speakers, Bangladesh Parliament". Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman dies in Singapore". Firstpost. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jamiruddin Sircar
Speakers of the Jatiyo Sangshad
Succeeded by
Col. Shawkat Ali
Preceded by
Zillur Rahman
President of Bangladesh