article 56 (3) of the constitution,
while he appointed the ministers as per
article 56 (2.
As the swearing in is over, Hasina
signed the oath of office and oath of
The ministers who took oath are: Abul
Mal Abdul Muhith, Begum Motia Chowdhury,
Abdul Latif Siddiqui, Barrister Shafique
Ahmed, Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK
Khandoker, Raziuddin Ahmed Raju,
Advocate Sahara Khatun, Syed Ashraful
Islam, Eng Khandoker Mosharraf Hossain,
Rezaul Karim Hira, Abul Kalam Azad,
Enamul Haque Mustafa Shahid, Dilip Barua,
Ramesh Chandra Sen, GM Kader, Lt. Col (retd)
Faruque Khan, Syed Abul Hossain, Dr
Abdur Razzak, Dr Afsarul Amin, Prof AFM
Ruhul Haque, Dr Dipumoni, Nurul Islam
Nahid and Abdul Latif Biswas.
The state ministers are: Advocate
Mustafizur Rahman, Capt (retd) ABM Tajul
Islam, Tanzim Ahmed Sohel Taj, Begum
Munnuzan Sufian, architect Yafez Usman,
Dr Hassan Mahmud, Dipanker Talukder and
Ahad Ali Sarker.
Guests present at the jam-packed
glittering Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban
included former presidents, Chief
Advisor of the caretaker government Dr
Fakaruddin Ahmed, Chief Election
Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda, Chief
Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court,
MPs, political leaders, chiefs of the
three services, members of the
diplomatic corps, journalists, elite and
high civil and military officials.
Sheikh Hasina's younger sister Sheikh
Rehana, daughter Sayma Wajed Putul and
son-in-law Khondokar Mashrur Hossain
Mithu were also present.
BNP, which suffered a crushing defeat in
the general elections, sent a delegation
to the ceremony, where BNP leaders MK
Anwar, Slahuddin Quader Chowdhury,
Barkatullah Bulu and Shahid Uddin
Chowdhury Anny attended.
Mayor of Dhaka Sadek Hossain Khoka also
attended the function.
Attired in a white saree, Sheikh Hasina
was looking confident and lively at the
Immediate past Prime Minister Begum
Khaleda Zia's cabinet had 27 ministers,
28 state ministers and four deputy
ministers. A total of 34 new faces got
place in her cabinet, where two alleged
war criminals including Moulana Motiur
Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad
Mujahid also sworn in as ministers.
The spacious Darbar Hall was overflowing
with the invited guests, many of whom
were seen standing along the walls.
Thousands of people belonging to all
walks of life thronged the Rajuk Avenue
and Bangabandhu Avenue traffic
intersection to have a glimpse of the
new prime minister when she was on her
way back from Bangabhaban.
Earlier, people had assembled in
processions from different parts of the
capital city chanting slogans hailing
Hasina was given standing ovation when
she entered the Darbar Hall at 6.40 pm.
Four minutes later President Professor
Dr Iajuddin Ahmed entered the Darbar
Hall, where the Prime Minister took oath
at 6.48 pm.
The ceremony began with the recitation
from the holy Quran.
Sheikh Hasina took oath pledging that
she would preserve, protect and defend
the national constitution and state
sovereignty. In her instant brief
reaction to the media after the swearing
in ceremony, she said, improving law and
order and controlling the prices of
essentials would be her government's