Sheikh Hasina reelected AL president, Quader general secretary

Publish: 7:24 PM, December 21, 2019 | Update: 7:24:PM, December 21, 2019

DHAKA, – Bangladesh Awami League today reelected Sheikh Hasina as the president and Obaidul Quader as the general secretary.

They were reelected president and general secretary for the next three years at the council session of the AL’s 21st National Council held at the auditorium of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) today.

AL Presidium Member Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru proposed Sheikh Hasina’s name as the president, while Presidium Member Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya seconded it.

The name of Quader was proposed as AL general secretary by Jahangir Kabir Nanak which was supported by Abdur Rahman.

Three-member Election Commission Chairman Advocate Yusuf Hossain Humayun declared Sheikh Hasina reelected as the AL President and Obaidul Quader as general secretary as nobody contested for the posts.

Other members of the commission are Dr. Mashiur Rahman and Professor Saidur Rahman.

All of the Presidium and Advisory Council members of the outgoing committee have retained their posts in the new the committee.

Former shipping minister and labour leader Shajahan Khan has been inducted in the new committee as a presidium member, while two joint secretaries of the previous committee Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman have also been promoted as presidium members in the new committee.

The new committee has got two new joint secretaries. They are Information Minister and outgoing committee’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud and Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim.

The two other joint secretaries of the outgoing body – Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni – have once again been given the charge of the same posts.

Organising secretaries of the outgoing committee – Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan – have remained in the same posts of the new committee while outgoing central committee members SM Kamal Hossain and Mirza Azam have been promoted as organising secretaries of the new committee.

Office secretary of the outgoing committee Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap has been made publicity and publication secretary of the new committee while Barrister Biplab Barua has been promoted to the post of office secretary from deputy office secretary.

Dr Shammi Ahmed, Delwar Hossain, Engineer Abdus Sabur, Mrinal Kanti Das, Harunur Rashid, Asim Kumar Ukil, Shamsunnahar Chapa, Dr. Rokeya Sultana, Faridunnahar Laily and Sujit Roy Nandi have retained their secretariat posts for International Affairs, Forest and Environment, Science and Technology, Liberation War Affairs, Youth and Sports, Cultural Affairs, Education and Human Resources, Health and Population Affairs, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Relief and Social Welfare respectively.

The outgoing committee’s central members Advocate Nazibullah Hiru and Meher Afroz Chumki have been made law affairs and women affairs secretaries in the new committee respectively.

After the announcement of the new committee, the prime minister greeted the AL leaders and workers for reelecting her as the party president and urged them to work sincerely for further strengthening the organization.

Sheikh Hasina said: “I have been leading the party for the last 38 years. So, you (the councilors) would have to consider my age (in the future).”

The AL president sought blessings from all in running the party as their (councilors) aspirations.

Later, the party leaders greeted Sheikh Hasina and Obaidul Quader with flower bouquets.

Sheikh Hasina also congratulated Obaidul Quader on his reelection as the party general secretary.