Five more advisors were inducted on Tuesday into the council of advisors in a staggered process of reconstituting Bangladesh's caretaker government, and three of them took oath Tuesday evening.
The newly sworn-in advisors are former Secretary Ayub Quadri, ex-IGP (Inspector General of Police) Anwarul Iqbal, Major General (rtd) Matiur Rahman, Bangladeshi permanent representative to the United Nations Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and Foyaz Khan, an IT expert.
Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed administered the oath of office to the three -- Ayub Quadri, Anwarul Iqbal and Matiur Rahman -- at the President House here Tuesday evening.
"Dr Iftekhar and Foyaz Khan could not take oath as they are abroad," said a spokesman of the President House.
On Jan. 11, President Iajuddin Ahmed stepped down as chief advisor of the 10-member nonparty caretaker government, which is assigned the main task of arranging parliamentary elections, and declared state of emergency in Bangladesh in the face of stiff opposition from the grand electoral alliance led by Awami League (AL).
Former opposition AL-led grand alliance enforced agitation programs to boycott the Jan. 22 national elections, accusing under Iajuddin Ahmed no elections will be clean and credible. Iajuddin Ahmed postponed the elections and announced to form a new caretaker government to organize the elections.
The president appointed former central bank governor Fakhruddin Ahmed as the new chief advisor on Jan. 12 and five new advisors were appointed the following day.
Although the general election scheduled for Jan. 22 has been canceled in the changed perspective, any fresh timeframe for the polls has not been announced yet.
The Fakhruddin government has primarily envisaged several agenda for holding credible elections: correcting the electoral roll, and introducing voter-identity card and transparent ballot box.
The caretaker government and the Election Commission might also open dialogue with major political parties before setting the ball rolling once again for the elections.