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16th Amendment verdict: Awami League awaits president’s response

  • Published at 11:52 am August 19th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:35 am August 20th, 2017
16th Amendment verdict: Awami League awaits president’s response
The ruling Awami League has placed its hopes in the president’s ability to resolve the ongoing crisis over the Supreme Court’s 16th Amendment verdict. “We have shared our stance on the verdict with the president and Chief Justice. We informed them that the people of the country have not accepted the verdict. We hope the president will come up with a solution,” several senior leaders of the Awami League told the Bangla Tribune. The president has the opportunity to provide a solution as he is the guardian of the state, the Awami League leaders said, adding that the Chief Justice can also recall the verdict or invoke the suo moto rule to resolve the matter. “We want an acceptable solution,” they said.
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Awami League Presidium Member Mohammad Nasim said: “The people rejected the 16th Amendment verdict and we have conveyed their sentiments to the president. He will definitely end this crisis.” According to ruling party policymakers, the president has advised the Chief Justice to recall the verdict. Party sources said that the Chief Justice has the jurisdiction to recall the verdict and he can declare that the ambiguity in the verdict’s observation will be cleared by recalling it. “This is the easiest way to resolve the crisis. The alternatives are too complex,” Awami League policymakers said.
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Sources have hinted that the Awami League may review the verdict if there are any assurances of a positive outcome. Awami League stalwarts and stakeholders have been criticising the verdict while the Bangladesh National Party says the verdict had exposed the misdeeds of the government. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, had upheld a High Court judgment that had scrapped the amendment, rejecting an appeal filed by the state back on July 3. The Supreme Court on August 1 released the full text of the verdict. Following the full text’s release, several government stakeholders, including many ministers and Awami League office bearers expressed their discontent with the verdict.   This article was first published on Bangla Tribune