AL’s full-fledged committee today

Names for the remaining 39 posts out of 81 of the central executive committee of ruling Awami League will be announced today (Thursday). The new advisory council body of the party will also be announced at the same time.

However, it is not certain yet whether names of ministers, state-ministers and deputy ministers would remain in the central executive committee as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the party, herself will decide in this regard.

Names of leaders for 39 remaining posts were supposed to be announced on last Tuesday night at the first meeting of Awami League’s presidium body held at the Gonobhaban, the government residence of the Prime Minister. But, the meeting could not finalise the names for the posts. 

Sources said all the presidium members present at the meeting handed over the responsibilities in this regard to party chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

At the end of the presidium body meeting, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, also the Minister for Road, Transport and Bridges, Tuesday night said, “The party chief, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will decide whether any Minister, State Minister and Deputy Minister of the government would remain in any post of the central executive committee of Awami League.”

He said, all the presidium members have handed over the responsibilities to the party chief in this regard.

“The full-fledged committee along with the party’s advisory council members will start its journey after placing wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara on January 3”, Quader said.

He also hinted that the committee will have both new and old faces.

On December 21, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was unanimously reelected president of Bangladesh Awami League for the straight 9th time at the party’s 21st triennial national council.

Obaidul Quader was also reelected unopposed general secretary of the party for the second term.

Party councilors elected them for the next three years on the second day of the two-day council at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the city.

Three new faces -- Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman-- were inducted into the AL presidium, while none of the 14 presidium members of the previous committee was dropped from the party’s highest decision-making body.