Cabinet resigns as BNP holds out for non party government
The Cabinet of Bangladesh has resigned in readiness for the creation of a caretaker or interim government to lead the country into elections which should take place before 24th January 2014.
The Awami League (AL) government of Sheikh Hasina has said that it will form an all-party government to lead the country to the elections with or without the support of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia.
Meanwhile the BNP and its right-wing allies have been holding an 84 hour general strike which so far has claimed the lives of around 25 people as protesters clash with police. The BNP want a non-party or technocrat caretaker government to lead the country to elections. There have been two other 60 hour strikes which have crippled the country and cost the economy considerable lost revenues.
The National News Agency of Bangladesh reports the Cabinet resignation news as follows:
“PM to process ministers’ resignation
DHAKA, Nov 11, 2013 (BSS)-Though the resignation letters of all cabinet members are in the hands of the Prime Minister it will come into effect after PM’s process and President’s approval as per constitution.
At the instruction of the Prime Minister, all her cabinet colleagues submitted their resignation letters to the Prime Minister ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting today, Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain said.
The cabinet members have tendered their resignation to pave the way of reconstituting the interim cabinet as the time of next parliament election is approaching, he said while briefing reporters after the meeting.
He said, “The Prime Minister will process the resignation letters of only those cabinet members who will be dropped from the interim cabinet. Others will continue as the cabinet members.”
Mosharraf Hossain said, a number of new members will be inducted in the cabinet and take oath. The new cabinet, small in size, will be formed along with both new and old ones.
“The Prime Minister will then allocate their portfolios,” he said.
Replying to a question, the cabinet secretary denied giving any timeframe for reconstitution of the cabinet saying “It will take place as soon as he gets the order from the President.”