Bangladeshi lawmakers will select the country’s next President on April 29, election authorities announced on Tuesday.
The decision is necessary to replace Zillur Rahman, who died on March 20, aged 84, of respiratory problems.
Voting will be at the National Parliament building, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said. Nomination papers can be filed until April 21. Candidacies may be withdrawn through April 24.
The nominee chosen by the 350-strong Parliament would then start a five-year term.
According to the Constitutional provisions, Bangladesh has to elect a President by June 19 to replace Mr. Rahman, who died in a Singapore hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems.
Mr. Rahman was installed as the Head of State and 19th President of the Republic on February 12, 2009, after the Awami League-led coalition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed assumed office following a landslide election victory in late 2008.