|Published : 16 Oct 2016, 18:23:56 | Updated : 16 Oct 2016, 18:25:14|
Hasina renews call for new AL leadership
After heading Awami League for over three decades, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has tapped the party to elect a new chief in the National Council.
“From 1981 to 2016, it’s been 35 years. How much longer? Please elect a new leader,” 70-year-old Hasina said at the beginning of her speech in the party’s National Committee meeting on Saturday.
Earlier at a news conference on October 2, the Awami League chief said, "It has been 35 years for me. I will be most happy if they give me the chance to retire."
As the central leaders of the party and its allies, who were present in the conference call, replied, “No! No!”, the prime minister said, "But I'll be here. I won't leave the party. But if a new leader is elected, I will be happier."
After the Bangabandhu's assassination in 1975, she was elected president of the Awami League in her absence in February 1981. She returned home from abroad in May that year and took over the leadership.
She was re-elected Awami League chief, uncontested, in the six councils, including the last one held in 2012.
The 20th National Council of the party is scheduled to be held on October 22 and 23, according to a news agency. – bz