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New 47-member cabinet takes oath

  • Published at 03:39 pm January 7th, 2019
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President Md Abdul Hamid administers the oath to the members of the new cabinet in the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in Dhaka on Monday, January 7, 2019 Focus Bangla

Sheikh Hasina has been sworn in as the prime minister for third consecutive term

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has taken oath as the country’s prime minister for the third consecutive term, along with 46 members of her new cabinet,following her party's massive victory in the 11th general election.

Through the swearing-in of the new ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers on Monday, the country got a cabinet with all members from the Awami League after 1973, reports UNB.

This also marks Sheikh Hasina’s record fourth time in power as the prime minister.

President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath to the prime minister at 3:40pm, to the 24 ministers at 3:46pm, to 19 state ministers at 3:53pm, and to three deputy ministers at 3:57pm at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in Dhaka on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam conducted the oath-taking ceremony. The official gazette regarding the new council of ministers will be published soon.

With that gazette’s publication, the outgoing cabinet will be abolished, Shafiul had said earlier.

On Thursday, the president had invited Sheikh Hasina to form the new government.

Guests present at Monday’s swearing-in ceremony at the jam-packed Darbar Hall included the prime minister’s family members, including her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, the chief justice, the chief election commissioner, Supreme Court judges, members of parliament, political leaders, chiefs of the three services, members of the diplomatic corps,journalists, elites, and senior civil and military officials.

Sheikh Hasina was given a standing ovation when she entered the Darbar Hall at 3:30pm, attired in a light sky blue saree.

The swearing-in ceremony began with a recitation from the Quran, after the president entered the hall.

Hasina, also the leader of the House, took oath pledging to preserve, protect and defend the country’s constitution and sovereignty.

Later, the ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in separately.

PM's portfolios

According to the list of the cabinet members, Prime Minister Hasina will keep the portfolios for Cabinet Division, Public Administration Ministry, Defence Ministry, Armed Forces Division, Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry,and Women and Children Affairs Ministry.

24 ministers

The new ministers include AKM Mozammel Huq (Liberation War Affairs), Obaidul Quader (Road Transport and Bridges), Md Abdur Razzak (Agriculture), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (Home Affairs),Mohammad Hasan Mahmud (Information), Anisul Huq (Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs), AHM Mustafa Kamal (Finance), Md Tajul Islam (Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives), Dipu Moni (Education), AK Abdul Momen (Foreign Affairs), and MA Mannan (Planning).

Also, Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (Industries), Golam Dastagir Gazi (Textiles and Jute), Zahid Malek (Health and Family Welfare), Sadhan Chandra Majumder (Food), Tipu Munshi (Commerce), Nuruzzaman Ahmed (Social Welfare), SM Rezaul Karim (Housing and Public Works), Md Shahab Uddin (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), BirBahadur Ushwe Sing (Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs), Saifuzzaman Chowdhury (Land), MdNurul Islam Sujan (Railways), Yeafesh Osman (Science and Technology — Technocrat), and Mustafa Jabbar (Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology— Technocrat) are in the new cabinet as ministers.

19 state ministers

The new state ministers include Md Shahriar Alam (Foreign Affairs), Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Information and Communication Technology Division), Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Education), Imran Ahmad (Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment), Md Zahid Ahsan Russel (Youth and Sports), Nasrul Hamid Bipu (Power, Energy and Mineral Resources), Md Ashraf Ali Khan Kashru (Fisheries and Livestock), Begum Monnuzan Sufian (Labour and Employment), and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (Shipping).

Also, Md Zakir Hossain (Primary and Mass Education), Farhad Hossain (Public Administration), Shwapan Bhattacharjee (LGRD and Cooperatives), Jahid Faruk (Water Resources), Md Murad Hasan (Health and Family Welfare), Sharif Ahmed (Social Welfare), KM Khalid (Cultural Affairs), Md Enamur Rahaman (Disaster Management and Relief), Md Mahbub Ali (Civil Aviation and Tourism) and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (Religious Affairs — Technocrat) are in the new cabinet.

3 deputy ministers

The new deputy ministers are Begum Habibun Nahar (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (Water Resources), and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel (Education).