London, 01 January 2019

Global leaders have congratulated Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her party's third consecutive win with absolute majority in 11the National Parliamentary Elections held on Sunday. They highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's dynamic leadership for the development of Bangladesh and hoped stronger ties with Bangladesh in the coming days. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Chief Minister of Tripura Biplobi Kumar Deb have so far greeted Sheikh Hasina on re-election of her party.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has greeted Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over her landslide victory in the 11th National Parliamentary Elections. Secretaries of the President conveyed the congratulatory message on behalf of the President to the Premier at Ganabhaban yesterday. The President also expressed thanks to all leaders and workers belonging to all political parties, all concerned of the electoral process for holding the polls in a successful manner.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, the win of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in the 11th National Parliamentary Elections is another victory for the people of the country in December --the month of victory. The Prime Minister came up with the remarks when political leaders as well as senior officials of civil and military administration greeted her at her office in Dhaka yesterday marking re-election of her party. Sheikh Hasina said, the victory is nothing for her for personal gains, rather it is a great responsibility towards the country and the people.

Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda has said, the government took all the necessary steps in order to make the elections free, fair and violence free and the election was held in a peaceful environment. The CEC said this at a press conference at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka yesterday. Eighty per cent of the votes were cast during the polls, he added.

A group of foreign and local observers at a press briefing has termed the just-held national election free, fair and disciplined one as voters have been able to cast their votes without any fear and in a very festive mood. SAARC Human Rights Foundation and the Election Monitoring Forum jointly organised the press briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka yesterday.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has asked his party men to get united and work for the development of the country and refrain from showing any form of misbehaviour to the opponent political parties following the ruling alliance's big win in the Parliamentary Elections. Mr. Quader made the urge while exchanging views with the party workers in Noakhali yesterday.

The textbook festival, marking the distribution of free textbooks among school and madrasah students, is being celebrated across the country today. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will distribute books at Azimpur Government Girls' School and College in the capital this morning. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the distribution of free textbooks on December 24.

President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted the countrymen on the occasion of New Year 2019. In a message on the eve of the New Year, the President and the Prime Minister wished happiness and welfare for all.

Press Wing