2023 Bangladeshi presidential election

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Nominee Mohammed Shahabuddin
Party Awami League
Electoral vote Unopposed

President before election

Mohammad Abdul Hamid
Awami League

Elected President

Mohammed Shahabuddin
Awami League

The 2023 Bangladeshi presidential election was scheduled for Sunday, 19 February 2023 to elect the 22nd President of Bangladesh. However, nominations closed at noon on 12 February and the Awami League politician Mohammed Shahabuddin, who had nominated in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, was the only candidate nominated. On 13 February 2023, Shahabuddin was thus officially elected as the country's 22nd president as he was unopposed.[1][2][3][4]

Mohammed Shahabuddin was inaugurated for a five-year term on Monday, 24th April, 2023.[5]


As the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League has the majority of seats in the Jatiya Sangsad, and the constitution restricts cross-voting, the candidate nominated by the party supposed to win the election. Besides, opposition parties had already declared that they won't nominate any candidate. Thus AL-nominated candidate Mohammed Shahabuddin won the election unopposed.[6]

Electoral system

The President is elected by an indirect election by the members of parliament as per Article 48 of the Constitution.[7] However, since 1991, when parliamentary government system was restored in Bangladesh, all of government party candidates have been elected uncontestedly.[4][8]

Electoral college

2023 Bangladeshi presidential election Electoral College
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Party Electorate(s)
Bangladesh Awami League 305
Jatiya Party-JaPa (Ershad) 27
Workers Party of Bangladesh 4
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JaSaD (Inu) 3
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh 2
Gano Forum 2
Jatiya Party-JP (Manju) 1
Bangladesh Tarikat Federation 1
Independents 4
Total 349




Political parties

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-BNP had already expressed their disinterest in the election, as they were already protesting for the resignation of the Hasina-led government.

Before the election, parliamentary main opposition party Jatiya Party-JaPa (Ershad) had said that they won't nominate any candidate for the election.[9]

As Mohammed Shahabuddin was nominated for the election, JaPa's chairman Ghulam Muhammed Quader welcomed him and hoped that "he would discharge the duty with sincerity for betterment of the country and the nation." About the responses by others, he said, "The parties which are raising questions about the election, have they not seen the constitution? It is clearly said in the constitution that the party with majority can elect the president. Awami League has majority in the Parliament. They can constitutionally elect the President."

Although, there were mixed reactions form leftist political parties.[10]



The Head of the state and government of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and other countries also congratulated him.[21][22][23]


The inauguration of the president of Bangladesh is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new five-year term of the president of Bangladesh. The inauguration takes place on the day following the expiry of the term of office of the preceding president. No location is specified in the constitution, but all inaugurations have taken place in Darbar Hall in Bangabhaban palace. The ceremony is transmitted live by national broadcaster BTV on its principal television and radio channels, typically from around 11 am. [24]To highlight the significance of the event, all key figures in the executive (the Government of Bangladesh), the legislature (Sangsad) and the judiciary attend, as do members of the diplomatic corps and other invited guests.[25]


  1. ^ It was at first scheduled for 19 February, but Chuppu was declared elected unopposed on 13 February 2023


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  2. ^ Staff Correspondent. "Mohammad Shahabuddin elected 22nd president of Bangladesh". Prothomalo. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Shahabuddin declared president-elect of Bangladesh". 13 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Mohammad Shahbuddin to be elected president uncontested". 12 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  5. ^ "রাষ্ট্রপতির মেয়াদ শেষে আবদুল হামিদ যেসব সরকারি সুবিধা পাবেন" [The government benefits that Abdul Hamid will get at the end of the term of the President] (in Bengali). 12 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  6. ^ "PM greets AL presidential candidate Shahabuddin". 12 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Article 48 of Bangladesh Constitution - bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd". bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Abdul Hamid elected President uncontested". 13 February 2023. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  9. ^ "রাষ্ট্রপতি নির্বাচনের মনোনয়ন ফরম জমার শেষ দিন রোববার" [Sunday is the last day to submit nomination form for the presidential election]. Dhaka Post (in Bengali). 11 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  10. ^ "রাষ্ট্রপতি নির্বাচনে বিএনপি চুপ, জাতীয় পার্টি খুশি, মিশ্র প্রতিক্রিয়া বামদের" [BNP silent on presidential election, Jatiya Party expresses joy, mixed reactions from leftists]. www.latestbdnews.com. 13 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  11. ^ "UN in Bangladesh congratulates president-elect Mohammed Shahabuddin". Dhaka Tribune. 14 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  12. ^ "Press Release: The UN in Bangladesh congratulates Md Shahabuddin on his presidential election". bangladesh.un.org (United Nations Bangladesh). 14 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Letter to Muhammad Shahabuddin Chuppu on His Assuming Office as President of Bangladesh".
  14. ^ "Abdul Hamid urges politicians to engage in politics with love for people". 24 April 2023.
  15. ^ "Modi congratulates President-elect Md Shahabuddin". 5 March 2023.
  16. ^ "HM The Sultan Congratulates New President of Bangladesh". Oman News. Muscat. 20 February 2023. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  17. ^ "HRH Crown Prince Congratulates Mohammad Shahabuddin on His election as President of People's Republic of Bangladesh". 19 February 2023.
  18. ^ "King, Crown Prince congratulate Shahabuddin on being elected Bangladesh president". 20 February 2023.
  19. ^ "UAE leaders congratulate Mohammed Shahabuddin on his inauguration as President of Bangladesh".
  20. ^ "UAE leaders congratulate Mohammed Shahabuddin on his inauguration as President of Bangladesh". 24 April 2023.
  21. ^ "KUNA : Kuwait Amir congratulates Bangladesh pres. On re-election - diwan - 24/04/2023".
  22. ^ "HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister congratulates the newly elected President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh". bna.bh. 20 February 2023. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  23. ^ "Deputy Amir sends congratulations to President-Elect of Bangladesh". 20 February 2023.
  24. ^ "Md Sahabuddin to take oath as 22nd president of Bangladesh today".
  25. ^ "Mohammed Shahabuddin takes oath as 22nd president of Bangladesh". 24 April 2023.