Technocrat ministers asked to step down ahead of the national election
November 6th, 2018 at 4:08 pm
Technocrat ministers asked to step down ahead of the national election

Dhaka – Four technocrat minister of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet have been asked to resign ahead of the next general election.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the directives Monday to the technocrat ministers to ensure that the elected representatives would be in the election-time administration.

“There is no space for unelected individuals at the election-time cabinet,” a senior minister of the cabinet quoted the prime minister as saying. Hasina was speaking at the weekly meeting of the cabinet.

According to the directives, the technocrat ministers will step down as soon as the election commission announces the next parliamentary election, due by January 28.

The Election Commission headed by KM Nurul Huda is likely to announce the election schedule on Thursday.

Four technocrat ministers are in the present cabinet. They are Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam, State Minister for Science and Technology Yafes Osman, Religious Affairs Minister Motiur Rahman, and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

The Prime Minister will address the nation to uphold the status of overall situation and the upcoming election on Thursday.

Bangladesh’s constitution says the election must be conducted before expiry of tenure of parliament. The tenure of current parliament expires on January 28.