Bangladesh to get first woman speaker for parliament

2013-04-29 16:56:19 GMT2013-04-30 00:56:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DHAKA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh for the first time is going to get a woman speaker for its parliament as the ruling Awami League Parliamentary Party has unanimously nominated State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury for the post of speaker of parliament Monday evening.

She is likely to be elected speaker Tuesday uncontested by the parliament as the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP) led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia is boycotting the parliament and so far there was no words from BNP that it will contest for the post.

The post of the speaker fell vacant as the speaker of the parliament Abdul Hamid was installed as the president of the country last week.

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury joined politics after AL came to power early 2009 as she was chosen as a member of parliament (MP) from the reserved women quota.

The 300-seat Bangladesh parliament has 50 seats reserved for women besides having provision for women to contest the national election with their male counterpart. Most of the reserved women seats are filled by the ruling party.

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