Bangladesh to get first women speaker, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, in national parliament. Top management from country’s ruling political party, Bangladesh AwamiLigue confirmed the news.
Shirin Sharmin is selected for the nomination of Speaker post as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina desires for a female Speaker in the meeting with lawmakers of the party. A meeting held at Secretariat Monday finalized the decision. Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting, source said.
Name of some senior leaders including acting speaker Shawkat Ali, Former Law Minister Abdul Matin Miah and Fazle Rabbi Miah were also in the list of primary selection. The board also discussed the other names but they finally nominated Dr. Shirin.
Post of speaker fell vacant after Abdul Hamid was selected as President of Bangladesh in April 26, 2013.
Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, First Women Speaker of Bangladesh
She is the current State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of the Government since beginning the 9th Parliament of Bangladesh. She is also a member of the Central Committee of Bangladesh Awami League.
By profession, Dr. Shirin is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Enrolled with Bangladesh Bar Council, Shirin was a practicing lawyer for the last sixteen years. She completed LL.B (Honours) and LL.M. from University of Dhaka, securing First Class First position and Ph.D in the year of 2000 from University of Essex, United Kingdom.
What’s in our Constitution about Speaker Post?
According to the constitution of Bangladesh, Parliament shall at the first sitting after any general election elect from among its members a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker and if either office becomes vacant shall within seven days or, if parliament is not then in sitting, at its first meeting thereafter, elect one of its members to fill the vacancy. [Article 74 (1)]