President invites more political parties for dialogue
December 20th, 2016 at 9:13 pm
President invites more political parties for dialogue

Dhaka –President Abdul Hamid has invited six more political parties for dialogue ahead of the reconstitution of the election commission, officials said on Tuesday.

The President began the talks with political parties on December 18 with Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia on the first day. He talked to the Jatiyo Party of former military dictator Hossain Muhammad Ershad on Tuesday at the Bangabhaban.

Bangabhaban spokesman Joynal Abedin said letters were sent to the official addresses of six political parties Tuesday.

The President hold talks with Workers Party on December 27, Bangladesh Nationalist Front and Islami Oikya Jote on December 29, Jatiya Party (Manju) on January 2, 2017 and Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) on January 3.

The scheduled talks with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal was deferred following a request from the party as its president Hasanul Haq Inu, also information minister, will stay abroad on an official visit during the earlier scheduled date.

The JSD will sit with the President on December 26 stead of previously scheduled December 22.

Discussion with Liberal Democratic Party and Krishak Sramik Janata League is scheduled for Wednesday.

The tenure of the current election commission headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will expire in February and the President, as per the constitutional provision, needs to appoint a commission for smooth holding of next elections.