President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday said that he has started writing an autobiography while taking time out of his busy life performing the constitutional and ceremonial functions at the Bangabhaban.
Hamid, who is set to take the presidency of the republic for the second time, met journalists at the parliament’s journalist lounge on the day. He said that he had thought that his life at Bangabhaban would end on April 23, 2018, the date on which his first tenure would be completed.
‘I thought I would be free from the caged life but it did not happen. My jail life was extended by another five years,’ said Hamid.
The seventy-four-year old Hamid was re-elected unopposed as the 21st President of Bangladesh on February 7. He took office on April 24, 2013, and his five-year term is set to expire on April 23.
Before becoming president, Hamid was elected as lawmaker seven times, served as the Speaker twice and earned fame for his witty comments as speaker.
Hamid has a chequered political career spanning nearly sixty years.
‘I have started work on writing an autobiography,’ said Hamid, favourite pastime is reading historical books and constitutions of different countries.
‘It was difficult for me to make time for writing the autobiography due to different state programmes but I am still trying,’ he said.
Abdul Hamid was born on January 1, 1944 in Kamalpur of Mithamoin Upazila under Kishoreganj district. He is the father of three sons and a daughter.
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