Abdul Hamid (politician)

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Abdul Hamid
আব্দুল হামিদ
Abdul Hamid (politician).jpg
20th President of Bangladesh
Assumed office
20 March 2013
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Preceded by Zillur Rahman
Speaker of the Jatiyo Sangshad
In office
25 January 2009 – 24 April 2013
Preceded by Jamiruddin Sircar
Succeeded by Shawkat Ali (Acting)
Deputy Speaker of the Jatiyo Sangshad
In office
14 July 1996 – 10 July 2001
Preceded by L. K. Siddiqui
Succeeded by Akhtar Hameed Siddiqui
Personal details
Born (1944-01-01) 1 January 1944 (age 72)
Kamalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India (now in Bangladesh)
Political party Awami League
Other political
Grand Alliance (2008–present)
Spouse(s) Rashida Hamid
Children 1 daughter
3 sons
Alma mater University of Dhaka

Abdul Hamid (Bengali: আব্দুল হামিদ; born 1 January 1944) is the President of Bangladesh, in office since 2013.[1] 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,[2] and he was elected as President on 22 April 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hamid was born in Kamalpur village, Mithamain Upazila under Kishoreganj District to Md. Tayebuddin and Tomiza Khatun.[2] 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 later earned his LLB degree from Central Law College under the University of Dhaka. He then became a practicing lawyer in the Kishoreganj Judge Court. He was appointed the President of Kishoreganj Bar Association several times.

Political career[edit]

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.[3] 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 Kishoregonj-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.[4] For his contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, he was awarded the 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.[5] Later Hamid was elected unopposed as President on 22 April 2013. He was sworn into office on 24 April.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hamid is married and he has three sons and one daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Hamid elected president". The Daily Star. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Speaker's Biography" (PDF). Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Life Sketch of Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid". bangabhaban.gov.bd. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "List of Speakers, Bangladesh Parliament". Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman dies in Singapore". Firstpost. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jamiruddin Sircar
Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad
Succeeded by
Shawkat Ali
Preceded by
Zillur Rahman
President of Bangladesh