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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.
Mohammed Shahabuddin was inaugurated for a five-year term on Monday, 24th April, 2023.
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.
The President is elected by an indirect election by the members of parliament as per Article 48 of the Constitution. However, since 1991, when parliamentary government system was restored in Bangladesh, all of government party candidates have been elected uncontestedly.
|Bangladesh Awami League||305|
|Jatiya Party-JaPa (Ershad)||27|
|Workers Party of Bangladesh||4|
|Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JaSaD (Inu)||3|
|Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh||2|
|Jatiya Party-JP (Manju)||1|
|Bangladesh Tarikat Federation||1|
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.
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.
The Head of the state and government of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and other countries also congratulated him.
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. 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.