President Hamid to address parliament Sunday

Lawmakers must test Covid-19 negative to join parliament session, says Whip Iqbalur Rahim

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President Abdul Hamid is set to address the 16th session of the 11th parliament, which commences on Sunday.

The president has to address the first parliament session of every year, according to Article 73(2) of the Constitution. 

President Hamid convened the 16th session on January 1. 

The session will start after the president’s speech, and it will be conducted adhering to strict health guidelines owing to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers must produce a Covid-19 negative certificate before each session, Whip Iqbalur Rahim told the media.

“Members of parliament who will attend the meeting must be tested for Covid-19. Moreover, there will be no extra staff in the parliament room during this session,” he told Bangla Tribune.

The authorities on Friday took journalists’ samples to be tested for Covid-19. Media personnel will be allowed entry to the parliament building to cover the session only on its first day.

The 15th session of parliament ended on November 28. According to the constitution, there cannot be more than 60 days between two sessions.

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