Published:  03:07 AM, 12 July 2019

Cabinet shuffle again

Cabinet shuffle again

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shaiful Alam on Thursday said one minister and a state minister will take oath on Saturday.

Shaiful said this while talking to reporters after a press briefing on DCs' Conference at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

Asked whether State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed will be made a full minister and Awami League Women Affairs Secretary Fazilutunnesa Indira a state minister, the Cabinet Secretary responded positively. Both are expected to be sworn in to the cabinet at 7.30pm Saturday, Alam said.

The changes are the second cabinet shuffle in the seven months since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third straight term.

After a landslide victory in the 11th national parliamentary polls, Hasina formed a cabinet of 46 members, including 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers. Five months after forming the government, State Minister Murad Hassan was shifted to the information ministry from the health and family welfare ministry.

Hasina also shuffled responsibilities at the ministries of local government, rural development and cooperatives, posts, telecommunications and information technology.

There was no full minister so far for the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry. Imran Ahmad was in charge of the ministry as a state minister. However, the government is yet to make it clear whether he will remain in the same ministry or get new portfolio.

After the latest shuffle, the number of cabinet members stood at 51, including 25 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers.


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