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Bangladesh's new president to be elected on Feb. 16
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10:11, January 30, 2009

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Bangladesh's new president, or head of the state, will be elected by the country's 300 parliament members on Feb. 16, Bangladesh's Election Commission (BEC) announced on Thursday.

The BEC spokesman SM Asaduzzaman told Xinhua that secretary of BEC Md Humayun Kabir on Thursday announced the schedule of the presidential election in a notification.

According to the schedule, Feb. 8 is the last date for filing nomination, Feb. 9 the date of scrutiny and Feb. 11 the last date of withdrawal of nomination.

Bangladesh has a parliamentary system of government headed by prime minister while the president is the head of state, a largely ceremonial post elected by the parliament.

In line with Bangladesh's Constitution, the new president has to be elected within 30 days of a new parliament convening. The first session of Bangladesh's ninth parliament began on Jan. 25 after the country's parliamentary elections was held on Dec. 29, 2008.

Bangladesh's ruling party Awami League, which holds 230 seats out of 300-member parliament, has already nominated the party's senior leader Zillur Rahman as presidential candidate.

Zillur, aged around 80, is expected to be elected president by overwhelming votes as Awami League has more than two-third majority in the 300-member parliament.

Source: Xinhua

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