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Oldest minister MA Mannan, youngest Nowfel

  • Published at 10:37 pm January 8th, 2019
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File photo: From left- Planning Minister MA Mannan, Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel

After being elected as a member of parliament for the first time in the December 30 polls, Mohibul was appointed as the deputy minister for education in the newly formed cabinet

Planning Minister MA Mannan, 73, is the oldest member of the newly formed cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

According to the income tax statements submitted by the candidates to Election Commission before the polls, Minister Mannan was born in 1946.

MA Mannan has been the elected lawmaker from the Sunamganj 3 constituency for three consecutive terms.

Mannan received his early education at his village school and completed his O-Level examinations from the Pakistan Air Force School in Sargodha. After graduating from Dhaka University, he joined the Civil Service in 1974 and served in the government of Bangladesh in various positions, including as deputy commissioner of Kishoreganj, Mymensingh and Chittagong.

He joined the Bangladesh Awami League in 2005 and was elected as an MP in 2008.

During that period, he served as chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts. 

He has also served as a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Defence.

He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of Awami League as a member in 2010 and 2013.  

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal were both born in 1947.

Among the 47 members of cabinet, the date of birth of Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman, Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, and State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah were not available immediately, as they are technocrat ministers.

Among the other 44 ministers, the available data showed that at least nine ministers, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Ruzzeque, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, and State Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, were already in their 70s.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, 35, is the youngest member of the cabinet.

After being elected as a member of parliament for the first time in the December 30 polls, Mohibul was appointed as the deputy minister for education in the newly formed cabinet.

He is the eldest son of former Chittagong city mayor and late Awami League heavyweight ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

Born on July 26, 1983, Nowfel came into the spotlight while working for his father during the mayoral elections in 2010.

A graduate of London School of Economics, Nowfel became an executive member of the Chittagong city Awami League in 2014.

In 2016, Nowfel was appointed as one of the organizing secretaries of the ruling Awami League. He has already gained significant popularity in the political field through his organizational and social activities.

Another minister under the age of 40 is State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Polok, 38.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina picked 27 new faces among 47 ministers in cabinet for her third consecutive term.