Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:26:40 PM
The first session of the 10th National Parliament will begin on Jan 29, and the
first meeting of the new Cabinet will be held on Thursday. Jainal Abedin, director of
Public Relations at the Parliament Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat
Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters on Monday. The 10th assembly came into being through the national election of Jan 5. Awami
League formed the largest bloc with BNP boycotting the polls, and was
re-elected to power. Parliament Secretariat official Jainal Abedin said the President had summoned
the first session of the 10th national assembly. The session will start at 6pm
on Jan 29. President Abdul Hamid, in keeping with norms, will give a speech on the first
day of the session.The President addresses the assembly’s first session, and any session that
starts at the onset of a new year. According to rules, a new Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be elected during the
first session chaired by outgoing Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Shirin Sharmin had been earlier elected Speaker as a member of the reserved
seat for women. Sharmin did not contest in the Jan 5 polls and if she should return to being
the Speaker again, she must be elected as an MP from a reserved woman seat.
That process must also be completed before Jan 29. The 9th Parliament, which began its journey on Jan 25 of 2009, is valid until
Bangladesh’s three-time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been elected Leader of
the House for the 10th assembly. This is the Awami League chief has been
elected the leader of the House Leader.
Jatiya Party, which has emerged as the second biggest bloc in Parliament in the
absence of the BNP, has elected Presidium member Raushan Ershad as the Leader
of the Opposition.
The roles of House Leader and Opposition Leader were being swapped between
Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia since 1991, making Raushan an exception this
The 9th Assembly had made a record by achieving 418 working days. It has also
passed a record amount of bills – a total 271.
The previous Opposition led by BNP also made a record number of boycotts with a
total absence stretching to 342 working days.
It was, however, present on 76 days but Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia
was present for merely 10 days.
Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary said the new cabinet will meet at 10am on
Sheikh Hasina was sworn into office along with 29 ministers, 17 state ministers
and two deputy ministers on Sunday.
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