5 new Advisers take oath in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNI) Five new Advisers (Ministers) were sworn in to fill the half-vacant Council of Advisers of Bangladesh's military-backed caretaker government this evening.

The new Advisers inducted into the Council of Advisers are former Secretary AMM Shawkat Ali, former Attorney-General AF Hassan Ariff, former Director General of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) Maj Gen (retd) Golam Kader, Rasheda K Chowdhury, Executive Director of Gano Swakkharata, an NGO, and economist Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman.

President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed administered the oath of office to the Advisers at Credential Hall of Bangabhaban at 6:40 pm (local time).

Portfolios of the new Advisers were not yet allocated.

Yesterday, four Advisers, including Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein and Energy and Food Adviser Tapan Chowdhury, were sacked by the caretaker government reportedly on their poor performance.

The incumbent caretaker government headed by Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, assumed office on January 12 last year to hold parlimentary elections.

The Election Commission has promised to hold the elections before December this year.

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