President appoints Sheikh Hasina as Prime Minister
Peoples Time Desk
President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Wednesday appointed Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister of Bangladesh and gave consent to the formation of a new cabinet under her leadership.
"In accordance with clause (3) of Article 56 of the Constitution, the president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has taken the decision to appoint Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister, elected by the majority of the members of the 12th National Parliament, and has given consent to the formation of a new cabinet under her leadership," reads a gazette published by the Cabinet Division on Wednesday (10 January).
"As soon as the new cabinet is formed, the existing cabinet shall be deemed to have been dissolved," adds the statement.
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Earlier in the morning, Hasina was unanimously elected as the Awami League (AL) parliamentary leader for the fourth consecutive time.
The decision was made during a meeting of the AL parliamentary party held at level-9 of the Jatiya Sangsad after the oath-taking ceremony, AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader told media.
During the same meeting, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was nominated to be elected as the speaker. Shamsul Haque Tuku was nominated to be re-elected as the deputy speaker.
The party has also decided to make Begum Matia Chowdhury the deputy leader of the House.