London, 02 January 2019

World leaders have continued to greet Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections. Saudi King and Custodian of two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in their congratulatory messages sent to the Premier yesterday wished success of her government.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has said the people of the country have given verdict through the December 30 polls against war criminals and anti-liberation forces. The Premier made the remarks when a cross section of people extended heartfelt greetings to her at Ganabhaban last night on the occasion of the Awami League’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary polls.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at the portrait of the great leader in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday on the occasion of her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana and daughter Saima Hossain Putul yesterday went to the Banani Graveyard and paid tributes to the martyrs of the August 15 carnage. The AL President also offered munajat at the graveyard of national leaders who were brutally killed at the Dhaka central jail on November 3, 1975.

The United States has termed the Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections as a positive development and said it looks forward to continue working with the ruling government. Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson of US Department of State, said this in a press statement. Bangladesh’s impressive record of economic development and respect for democracy and human rights are mutually reinforcing, he added`.

New cabinet will be formed before January 10, the Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said this as he was exchanging views with journalists at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office yesterday.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, the verdict in the December 2018 election reflected the people’s confidence in the government and programs of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Minister said this while addressing a press conference at the media centre at Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka yesterday. The Minister hoped the successful holding of the 11th parliamentary election would usher in a new era in the political history of the nation.

Around 4.26 crore school children across the country have celebrated the Textbook Festival receiving books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the New Year. A total of 35,21,97,882 copies of textbooks were distributed among 4,26,19,865 students for the 2019 academic year.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of Sabura Malek, wife of late Abdul Malek Ukil, former President of Bangladesh Awami League and former Jatiya Sangsad Speaker. The Premier visited the Banani residence of the deceased last night and consoled bereaved members of the family.

Press Wing