Parliamentary Speaker Abdul Hamid was on Wednesday sworn in as Bangladesh President to replace Zillur Rahman, who died last month.

Acting Speaker of Parliament Shawkat Ali administered the oath at the Bangabahaban Presidential Palace, two days after election authorities declared Mr. Hamid as elected unopposed as the country’s 20th President.

The political veteran would hold the ceremonial position for a five-year term.

He has been acting President since March 14 when Mr. Rahman went for medical treatment to Singapore, where he died of respiratory problems on March 20 at the age of 84.

A former lawyer, Mr. Hamid was elected to Parliament seven times from the Kishoreganj Constituency, 100 km north-east of Dhaka, and served his second mandate as Speaker until he became President. He is a member of the Awami League.