Hasina arrives at Bangabhaban for inauguration of her new cabinet

The 37-strong cabinet, which includes a flurry of fresh faces, will take the oath of office at 7pm on Thursday

Senior Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 11 Jan 2024, 09:21 AM
Updated : 11 Jan 2024, 09:21 AM

Sheikh Hasina and the other members of her new cabinet have arrived at the Bangabhaban for the oath-taking ceremony that will see her begin her record-extending fifth term in power.

Simin Hossain Rimi, a member of the Awami League Presidium, was the first to arrive at the president’s residence around 4:30 pm on Thursday. Afterwards, the new ministers, state ministers, and other guests began trickling into the venue.

Prime Minister Hasina entered the Bangabhaban around 6:50 pm.

The members of the new cabinet have already been announced and the ruling party will form the government for a record-extending fourth consecutive term after they are sworn in.

After leading her party to a resounding victory in the Jan 7 election, Hasina is also set to create history by serving as prime minister of Bangladesh for an unprecedented fifth term.

President Md Shahabuddin will administer the oath of office to the new cabinet members at the presidential palace’s Darbar Hall at 7pm.

The prime minister will be the first to take an oath, followed by the ministers and state ministers.

The ceremony will be moderated by Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain, who on Wednesday, announced the names of the 37 members of the new cabinet. Their portfolios will be revealed after they take their oaths.

Around 1,300 guests, including diplomats and civil society members, have been invited to the ceremony, according Md Joynal Abedin, press secretary to the president.

For a fresh start, Hasina has picked 25 ministers and 11 state ministers.

Unlike the previous cabinet, no deputy ministers have been included this time.

In reconfiguring the cabinet on the back of winning an absolute majority in the general election, she has culled some big names, including in finance and commerce portfolios - dropping the broadest hint yet at big changes to her core team to manage the economy that has been under a lot of strain since the Russia-Ukraine war.

More than half of them are going to work in a Hasina cabinet for the first time. As many as 14 ministers and 12 state ministers from the outgoing government have not been given a berth in the new cabinet.