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New cabinet members likely to take oaths Friday

  • The oath-taking ceremony is likely to be held 7:30pm
  • The new appointments will be as the minister, state minister, and deputy minister
Update : 29 Feb 2024, 10:42 PM

The size of the cabinet is likely going to be extended as some new ministers, state ministers, and deputy ministers are likely to be inducted on Friday.

Several sources familiar with this update confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

The oath-taking ceremony will be at Bangabhaban at 7:30pm on Friday. 

The information was received from the prime minister’s daily schedule. 

On the same day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has a scheduled program out of Dhaka.

Asked about it on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mahbub Hossain said that he does not have any such information so far.

When asked about the oath-taking schedule, the cabinet secretary denied it and said: “I cannot say what you have heard. I have no news.”

The 37-strong new cabinet was sworn in on January 11 after the 12th parliamentary election, with the prime minister holding several ministries.

A further extension of the cabinet was in the discussion from the beginning, and it was assumed inside the ruling party leaders that after the oath-taking ceremony of the reserved seat MPs, the extension of the cabinet would take place.

According to several sources, one or two reserved seat MPs can get portfolios in the cabinet, and some new faces might be added.

Some state ministers or deputy ministers may get portfolios in the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Education, Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives, and Ministry of Post, Telecommunication, and ICT.

A full minister or state minister may swear in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, as this ministry is still vacant.

However, when asked about the names, some influential ruling party leaders and cabinet members skipped to answer and suggested waiting for another “Sheikh Hasina magic.”

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