New cabinet before January 10
January 1st, 2019 at 5:24 pm
New cabinet before January 10

Dhaka – The new cabinet to be headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to be formed before January 10 as the Awami League-led ruling collation won Sunday’s election with overwhelming majority in parliament.

The process to form the new government is likely to be completed before January 10, the historic homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the ruling party.

He came up with the disclosure after placing floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi on Tuesday.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of independent Bangladesh, came home from Pakistani jail on January 10, 1972 after the Pakistani forces surrendered in Dhaka following their defeat in 1971 war of liberation, and the Awami League celebrates the day with due respect.

Quader said the list of newly elected parliament members will be published in official gazette in two-three days.

Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu at a press meet in Dhaka said that the swearing-in ceremony of lawmakers-elect would take place on Thursday at the parliament building.

The Awami League bagged 259 out of 298 parliamentary seats, where elections were conducted Sunday. Its ally Jatiyo Party of former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad took 20 seats. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party of jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia got only five seats.

Once the lawmakers take oath, according to the constitutional provision, President Abdul Hamid will invite the leader of the majority party to form the government. As per the discussion, the swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet will be held at the Bangabhaban.

Once form the government, Hasina will be the prime minister for the record fourth-time, third tenure in a row. Hasina was prime minster from 1996-2001, 2009-2014 and 2014 to now.

On her victory, Hasina placed respect to the portrait of her father at Bangabandhu museum in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party alleged that Sunday’s election was rigged – an allegation that the ruling Awami League dismissed.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said the election was held generally peaceful barring a few incidents of violence.

The BNP said its lawmakers -elect would refrain from taking oath as MP in parliament.