Md Sahabuddin sworn in as 22nd president of Bangladesh

Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath of the office of the president here at 11:00am

Veteran freedom fighter and politician Md Sahabuddin was sworn in as the 22nd president of Bangladesh at an impressive ceremony in the packed and historic Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban this morning.

Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath of the office of the president here at 11:00am.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, cabinet members and several hundred distinguished guests attended the state ceremony.

Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain conducted the programme.

Earlier, wearing a black Mujib coat and a white panjabi, new President Sahabuddin, along with President Abdul Hamid and the Speaker entered the Durbar Hall at 10:55am.

A military band played ceremonial music at that time.

Earlier, the 73-year-old politician was elected as the 22nd President of Bangladesh on 13 February, 2023.

Md Sahabuddin was born on December 10 in 1949 in Shibrampur's Jubilee Tank area of Pabna Town. His nickname is Chuppu. His father's name is Sharfuddin Ansari and mother Khairunnessa.

Obtained his MSc degree from Rajshahi University in 1974, he later passed LLB and BCS (Law) examinations.

President Sahabuddin was the general secretary of Pabna Edward College unit of Chhatra League, president of Pabna District Chhatra League and Jubo League later also. He was the joint secretary of Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (BaKSAL) of the district unit and publicity secretary of Awami League district unit.

 Sahabuddin actively participated in 6-Point Movement in 1966, Bhutta (Maize) Movement in 1967, mass-uprising in1979, election of 1970 and Liberation War in 1971.

He was in the frontline organizer of Pabna district movement and raised protest soon after the brutal incidents on August 15, 1975. Subsequently he was imprisoned for three years and subjected to inhuman torture by the then military dictators.

The President was also involved in journalism (Dainik Banglar Bani) and a good numbers of articles were also published at different vernaculars.

During his career, he served as District and Sessions Judge and Anti Corruption Commissioner (ACC) Commissioner.

The head of the state also served as the director of the prime minister's office and the coordinator assigned to the ministry of law, justice and parliamentary affairs in the Bangabandhu Murder Case.

He was elected secretary general of BCS (Judiciary) association twice in a row. After retirement from service, he was engaged in legal profession in the High Court.

President Sahabuddin later served as the chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry in the investigation into the 2001 post-election violence.

As the ACC commissioner, he proved his deep firmness in dealing with the 'so-called corruption' plot against the Padma Bridge project.

The former student leader, Md Sahabuddin, also served as a member of Bangladesh Awami League's advisory council and the chairman of the party's central publicity and publication sub-committee.