On Sunday, Bangladesh named the council of Ministers with various new faces in the 47-member cabinet of PM Sheikh Hasina, whose Awami league party was revoted to power in the December 30 elections for the third consecutive term with a landslide victory.
Amid speculation about the induction, several veterans were dropped from the council of Ministers as major portfolios like defence were retained by Sheikh Hasina herself. A new face in politics, academic-turned-diplomat Abdul Momin was appointed as the new foreign Minister. Abdul served previously as permanent envoy of Bangladesh of the United Nations.
Businessman and former planning minister A H M Mustafa Kamal was appointed as the finance minister in the cabinet that comprises of 24 full ministers with the rest of them being ministers of the state.
Several other influential Awami league party figures including general Secretary Obaidul Quader, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, A K M Mozammel Haque and Anisul Huq retained positions in the ministries of home, road transport and bridges, liberation affairs and law.
But 25 ex-ministers, two deputy ministers and 9 state ministers, several of them regarded as Awami league party stalwarts were dropped from the new cabinet.