Dhaka – Former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad has become the leader of the opposition in Bangladesh parliament, officials said.
Ershad, the chairman of the Jatiyo Party, was officially recognized on Thursday as the opposition leader after his party won 22 seats in the December 30 parliamentary elections.
His brother, Ghulam Muhammad Quader, also the co-chairman of the party, was made the deputy leader of the opposition in 11th parliament.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury recognised their positions, according to a gazette notification issued by the Parliament Secretariat.
Ershad was elected MP from Rangpur-3 seat and Quader from Lalmonirhat-3 constituency.
Ershad, who run the country in iron fist for nine years after taking state power through a bloodless coup in 1982, announced on January 4 that his party would sit in the opposition despite his party took part in the election under the Awami League-led ruling coalition.
Awami League won the absolute majority in the national bagging 257 seats.
Party senior co-chairman Raushon Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament. Three lawmakers of the party joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ershad himself was the special envoy to the prime minister during Hasina’s previous tenure.