Hasina takes oath as PM for 4th term, forms 47-member council of ministers


Dhaka, Jan 07: Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League President and elder daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on Monday formed the government for the third consecutive term as she took oath as the prime minister for fourth term with 47-member council of ministers.The new council of ministers — including 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers — took oath today at a state ceremony at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall, BSS reported.

President M Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy to Sheikh Hasina and her new cabinet members. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the programme.

After the swearing-in was over, Sheikh Hasina signed the oath of office and oath of secrecy.

The Awami League-led Grand Alliance achieved landslide victory in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad election on December 30, 2018.

Over 20 new faces have been inducted into the council of ministers.

The 24 ministers are: Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzak, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Foreign Affairs Minister AK Abdul Momen, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, CHT Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon, Science and Technology Affairs Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman and Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar.

The 19 state ministers are: Kamal Ahmed Majumder for Industries, Imran Ahmed for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, Zahid Ahsan Russell for Youth and Sports, Nasrul Hamid for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru for Fisheries and Livestock, Begum Munnujan Sufian for Labour and employment, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury for Shipping, Md Zakir Hossain for Primary and Mass Education, Md Shahriar Alam for Foreign Affairs, Junaid Ahmed Palak for ICT Division, Farhad Hossain for Public Administration, Swapan Bhattacharya for LGRD and Cooperatives, Zahid Faruque for Water Resources, Md Murad Hasan for Health and Family Welfare, Sharif Ahmed for Social Welfare, KM Khalid for Cultural Affairs, Dr Md Enamur Rahman for Disaster Management and Relief, Md Mahbub Ali for Civil Aviation and Tourism and Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah for Religious Affairs.

Three deputy ministers are: Begum Habibun Nahar for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, AKM Enamul Haque Shamim for Water Resources and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury for Education.

Guests present at the jam-packed glittering Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban included PM’s family members including younger sister Sheikh Rehana, former President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Chief Justice, Chief Election Commissioner, Judges of the Supreme Court, members of parliament, political leaders, chiefs of the three services, members of the diplomatic corps, journalists, elites and high civil and military officials.

Attired in a paste-coloured jamdani saree, Sheikh Hasina was looking confident and lively at the Darbar Hall. Sheikh Hasina was given a standing ovation when she entered the Darbar Hall at 3:30 pm. Minutes later President Hamid entered the Darbar Hall.

The ceremony began with the recitation from the holy Quran.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, also the leader of the House, took oath at 3:40 pm pledging to preserve, protect and defend the national constitution and state sovereignty.

Later, the ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers took oath separately.

At the end of oath taking ceremony, the President and Prime Minister exchanged greetings with the new cabinet members, distinguished guests and dignitaries.

Thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the Rajuk Avenue and Bangabandhu Avenue intersection to have a glimpse of the new Prime Minister when she was on her way back home from Bangabhaban.