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New President begins paying tribute to Father of the Nation, war martyrs

Dhaka, 25 April 2013, Abnews: New President Md Abdul Hamid has begun his presidency by paying rich tribute to memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and freedom fighters, who made supreme sacrifice during the country’s Great War of Liberation.

At first this morning, the new President placed floral wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital.

After placing the wreaths, the President stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to memories of Father of the Nation.

On his arrival at the museum premises, the President was received by curator of the museum Major General (retd) Hafiz Mollik.

After that the President went to National Martyrs Memorial in Savar and placed floral wreath there as a mark of rich tribute to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.

A contingent, comprising the three forces gave a guard of honour to the President at the Memorial premises. President Abdul Hamid also signed the visitors’ book.

The President was accompanied by chiefs of three services and secretaries concerned of his office.

Veteran politician and parliamentarian Md Abdul Hamid took oath as the 20th President of the country last night, two days after the Election Commission declared him the new head of state as the lone candidate for the highest office.

Prior to his election to presidency, Abdul Hamid, who was elected for seven times as Member of Parliament, was Speaker of the 9th parliament.

In a short reaction to journalists after taking the oath, the new President said ‘Throughout my life I carried on myself a political philosophy (but) as a speaker I discharged neutrally and now I reached in a more neutral place . now I do not belong to any party, I belong to all people of the country’.

The president sought cooperation of all political parties and people of diverse political opinions so that he would put his best efforts to discharge duties following the principles.

Abdul Hamid became the acting president on March 14 in accordance with the constitution after President Zillur Rahman fell sick and was flown to Singapore.

The office of the president fell vacant on March 20 when president Zillur Rahman died of old-age complications at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.



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