Political leaders welcome President-elect Hamid

Leaders of various political parties welcomed the new-President elect Abdul Hamid and hoped that he would play a role in overcoming the present political crisis.They also expect that he would discharge his duties, especially during the national elections, giving national interest the priority rising above party interest, as guardian of the state.
Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Hanif told UNB over phone that Abdul Hamid met his responsibility as the Speaker with utmost sincerity and efficiency.
“Abdul Hamid is involved with politics for a long time. He took part in the country’s Liberation War and was elected Member of Parliament for seven times. He discharged his duties as Speaker with utmost sincerity and efficiency and earned confidence of all political parties for his role in running the parliament.”
Hanif, the ruling party stalwart and a special assistant to the Prime Minister, expressed the hope that Abdul Hamid will be able to discharge his duties of the President as the guardian of the state the way his predecessor late President Zillur Rahman had done. Earlier, in the day on Monday, the Election Commission declared Abdul Hamid as President of the country.
When contacted, BNP chairperson’s advisor Shamsuzzaman Dudu told UNB that the senior party leaders will come up with the party’s formal reaction in consultation with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He said: “Our stance still is we neither support nor oppose him.”
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) president Mujahidul Islam Selim said that although the power of the President is limited as per the country’s constitution, but he hoped that the new president would play an able role in resolving the present political crisis.
“We hope that during the national election time, a critical moment, he (Hamid) would play his role considering the interest of the state as a guardian of the state machinery,” he said.
Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon said that the role of President becomes important during the national polls as parliament goes out of session that time.
“I hope, he (Hamid) would discharge his duties from his experience and acceptability that he has.” He also hoped that the new President would be able to lead in overcoming the present political crisis of the country.
While talking to UNB, Jatiya Party presidium member Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud said: “He (Hamid) is acceptable to all. It was a good thing to elect such a person for the post of the country’s President in the present situation.”
He also added that the new president will be able to contribute in resolving the present political crisis.
The post of the President fell vacant following the death of Mohammad Zillur Rahman on March 20. Since then, Abdul Hamid has been discharging as acting President as per the constitution. UNB

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