DHAKA (TIP): Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina was on Thursday invited by the president to form government after her party’s victory in the controversial January 5 elections. “President (Abdul Hamid) invited Sheikh Hasina to form the government as leader of the house when she called on him at the presidential palace,” President’s spokesman Ihsanul Karim told PTI. Earlier on Thursday, 66-year-old Hasina was unanimously elected as leader of the Awami League parliamentary party.
According to officials, several ministers of the outgoing Bangladesh government are expected to be dropped for their poor performance or corruption as Hasina forms her new cabinet on Sunday. The new cabinet will have 30 members but Hasina is likely to drop several ministers of the outgoing government who have been accused of poor performance or corruption, the mass circulation Prothom Alo newspaper quoting its sources as saying. The Awami League clinched a landslide victory in the parliamentary election on January 5 by bagging 231 seats in the face of a boycott of the polls by the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance.