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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Bangladesh: Ruling Awami League holds its National Council Meeting Today

M.A Qader-Reporting from Bangladesh

Dhaka, 24 July (Asiantribune.com): Bangladesh ruling Awami League will hold its national council for the first for seven years, today in Dhaka.

The 20th National Council’s of the Awami League will ratify its permanent constitution, in line with electoral laws amended last year ahead of the ninth parliamentary elections.

Founded on June 23, 1949, Awami League will hold its council with the slogan '60 years of struggle and success' and with the mission to build a 'Digital Bangladesh' as pledged in its election manifesto. The 19th council was held in 2002.

Prior to the council, the ruling party's Central Working Committee sat in a last meeting on Thursday to finalize its permanent constitution, declaration paper, the speech of party president Sheikh Hasina and the day's programmes.

The meeting, chaired by party president Sheikh Hasina at her political office in Dhaka, also approved the party budget for three years and a report from the general secretary to be placed in the council.

"A final list of councilors is ready," the party's newly selected acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told reporters after the meeting.

Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan said 5,253 councilors from around the country will join the conference and elect the party's future leaders.

The day will start with hoisting the national and party flags at 9:30am.

Party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the day's programme at a session in the morning. The main council session will start at 3:00 pm where major decisions will be approved.

Under tight security the council meeting will be held at the newly named Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, which previously was Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

Awami League spokesman Syed Ashraful Islam said just days ago, the decision was taken in a hurry to hold council and submit a permanent constitution to Election Commission in line with the Representation of the People Order, and within the July 25 deadline.

BNP and 10 other parties, however, have requested extensions to prepare and hold effective councils, and on July 21 the Election Commission requested the government to amend the law to give up to Jan 25 next year.

Meanwhile, the main opposition BNP is preparing to hold its council in December after forming grassroots-level committees, a policymaker of the opposition party said on Thursday.

-Asian Tribune-

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