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Awami League defers its 20th council
Observer Online Desk
Published :Sunday, 20 March, 2016,  Time : 10:26 PM  View Count : 4
The Awami League has rescheduled its triennial National Council to July 10.

The ruling party chief, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, presided over a meeting of the Central Working Committee at the Ganabhaban that took the decision on Sunday night.

She said the 20th council originally scheduled for Mar 28 had to be postponed because of the upcoming Union Parishad elections.  

“Our party delegates or councillors are from grass-roots level. Elections are important to us. They cannot attend while the elections are underway,” Hasina said.
“The council brings them together, so they must be given that chance. So we’ll have to adjust the date.”
The ruling party leaders met the day after rival BNP held its National Council on Saturday after six years.  
The term of the Awami League’s present council expired on Dec 29 last year. It held its National Council in December 2012. 
The Election Commission released the schedule for the Union Parishad elections after the party in January announced plans to hold its council on Mar 28.
The election to the unions, the lowest local government unit, will be held in six phases from Mar 22 to Jun 4. 
The Union Parishad elections will be held on party lines for the first time this year which makes it doubly important, the party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told a press conference last week.
“All our leaders and activists will be busy with the election. The date may be changed in the next meeting of Awami League’s Working Committee.”

Hasina is serving her seventh term as Awami League President ever since her return to Bangladesh in 1981.
The previous council did not see any change to the position of general secretary as Syed Ashraful Islam was chosen for that position for his second consecutive term. 

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