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New Bangla President

Dhaka, Sept. 5 (Reuters): Retired professor Iajuddin Ahmed was named the new President of Bangladesh today.

The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday named Ahmed as its candidate for the largely ceremonial post. The main opposition Awami League party with only 58 members in the 300-member parliament did not name any candidate.

“Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed, the lone presidential candidate, has been declared elected unopposed,” the Election Commission said in a statement.

Bangladesh’s parliament will formally endorse the election of Ahmed, former head of the University Grants Commission, in its next session due to begin on September 12. Ahmed replaces A.Q.M. Badruddoza Chowdhury, who resigned in June over an unexplained dispute with Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.

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