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Home affairs go to women in Hasina's cabinet

Portfolios were allocated among the newly inducted cabinet members in Bangladesh, with Sheikh Hasina preferring fresh faces over party bigwigs and assigning three ministries, including foreign and home, to women candidates.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2009 10:53 IST

Portfolios were allocated among the newly inducted cabinet members in Bangladesh, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina preferring fresh faces over party bigwigs and assigning three ministries, including foreign and home, to women candidates.

Hasina, who allocated portfolios to 23 cabinet members on Tuesday night appointed Dipu Moni at the helm of the foreign ministry, while the home affairs portfolio went to Advocate Sahara Khatun.

Moni, daughter of former activist Mohammad Abdul Wadud who was considered close to the country's founder Hasina's father Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, is a lawyer at the Supreme Court and the central women affairs secretary of Awami League.

Economist Abumal Abdul Muhith was appointed the new Finance Minister in a cabinet that consists of only five members who have served as ministers in earlier governments.

Besides Muhith, Begum Motia Choudhry, appointed as the minister for agriculture; Syed Asharaful Islam, local government, rural development and cooperatives; Syed Abul Hussein, communication and A K Khondkar, Planning are the only council members who had earlier held ministries.

The Prime Minister also kept some ministries with herself that include defence, cabinet division, energy, religious affairs and women and children affairs among others.

Besides, eight cabinet ministers of state rank were also inducted by the Premier.

The two ministers inducted in the cabinet from partners of the grand alliance outside Awami League, G M Qader of ex-president H M Ershad's Jatiya Party and Dilip Barua of Samyabadi Dal were given Civil Aviation and Industry respectively.

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