Dhaka – Raushan Ershad, the widow of Bangladesh former military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad, has declared herself the chairperson of opposition Jatiyo Party.
Party’s senior Anisul Islam Mahmud made the declaration Thursday, a day after the party’s acting chairman Ghulam Muhammad Quader sent a letter to the parliamentary speaker declaring him as leader of the opposition in parliament.
Mahmud said he made the announcement at the Gushan resident of Raushan Ershad as per the constitution of the party. He said Quader, a brother of Ershad, will remain as co-chairman of the party. No immediate reaction could be known from Quader.
Raushan served the previous parliament as Leader of the Opposition when her party-chief husband was a lawmaker.
The party was being spearheaded by Quader after his brother, Ershad, died of old age complication on July 14, 2019 at Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital. He had been working as acting chairman of the party since July 18.
Mahmud said the party will hold a council in six months to elect a new chairman. Moshiur Rahman Ranga, a former minister, will remain the party’s secretary general.