Staff Correspondent: Awami League president Sheikh Hasina has taken oath as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for an unprecedented fourth term. This will be Sheikh Hasina’s third consecutive term as head of the government.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was sworn in by President Abdul Hamid at the imposing Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban.
The Premier was given an standing ovation by the guests present during the oath taking ceremony of the new cabinet. The president then administered the oaths for the new ministers, ministers of state and deputy ministers who will form the 47-member Cabinet, including the Prime Minister.
This term, there will be 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and 3 deputy ministers in the Cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina taking responsibility of six ministries herself.
The term of the government that came to power on Jan 12, 2014 officially ended as soon the new cabinet members finished their oath-taking.
Notably, there are 31 new faces in the cabinet with the Premier leaving out 36 senior heavyweight leaders this time around.
No MPs-elect of Awami League’s allies in the 11th parliamentary election made it into the new Cabinet. All the new ministers are politicians of Awami League itself.