The Election Commission says the ruling Awami League candidate has been elected unopposed as the 22nd president.
Mohammad Shahabuddin Chuppu, 74, has been named the next elected president of Bangladesh by the country’s election commission after no other candidate was nominated.
Addressing reporters in the capital Dhaka, Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal said the ruling Awami League (AL) candidate was elected unopposed as the 22nd president.
The appointment procedure for the presidential elections was completed on Sunday.
With 302 members, the AL party has a majority in the 350-seat national parliament, and no other party had the numbers to nominate a presidential candidate.
Born in 1949 and hailing from northern Pabna district, retired District Judge Shahabuddin was also a member of the AL Advisory Council.
A freedom fighter in the country’s 1971 war of independence, he also served as a commissioner of the state’s autonomous Anti-Corruption Commission.
Shahabuddin will replace incumbent President Abdul Hamid, whose term expires on April 24.
According to the country’s constitution, presidential elections must be held 60 to 90 days before the end of each five-year term.
Hamid cannot become president again because he was elected for two terms, according to the country’s constitution.