Government of Bangladesh

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The People's Republic of Bangladesh
Bengali: গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার
Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg
Formation 17 April 1971 (1971-04-17) (1st Government)
Constitution National emblem of Bangladesh.svg Constitution of Bangladesh
Jurisdiction Bengali Republic
Website www.bangladesh.gov.bd
Legislative branch
Legislature বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় সংসদের সিলমোহর.svg Jatiya Sangsad
Meeting place Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban
Executive branch
Leader Prime Minister
Appointer President of the Republic
Headquarters Bangladesh Secretariat
Main organ Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg Cabinet of Bangladesh
Departments 58 Ministries
Judicial branch
Court বাংলাদেশ সুপ্রীম কোর্টের সিলমোহর.svg Supreme Court
Seat Ramna Thana, Dhaka
National emblem of Bangladesh.svg
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The Government of Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সরকার Bangladesh Sôrkar GOB) has three branches; the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judicial branch.

The Legislature of Bangladesh is unicameral known as Sangsad. The Speaker presides over meetings of the Sangsad and conducts its business in an orderly fashion. The current Sangsad contains 350 seats, including 50 seats reserved for women, which are apportioned on elected party position in the parliament. The 10th National Parliamentary Election was held on 5 January 2014.[1] The current speaker is Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, who is presiding over the 10th Parliament. She is the first and only woman to hold the office.

The Executive is led by the Prime Minister, who selects all the remaining Ministers. The Prime Minister and the other most senior Ministers belong to the supreme decision-making committee, known as the Cabinet. The current Prime Minister is Sheikh Hasina, leader of the Bangladesh Awami League, who was appointed by the President on 6 January 2009 following the General Election on 29 December 2008. Bangladesh Awami League led by her, and its Grand Alliance (a total of 14 parties) won the two-thirds majority numerically the party controls 230 seats out of 299.[2]

The judicial branch systematically contains an apex Supreme Court, composed of , Appellate Division and High Court Division. There are various levels of judiciary in Bangladesh – different types of courts form a strict hierarchy of importance, District Courts, City Criminal Courts and Specialized Courts and Tribunals ; all inferior to the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of Bangladesh is the head of the judiciary and the Supreme Court. The present and the 22nd Chief Justice of Bangladesh is Syed Mahmud Hossain. He succeeded Justice Md. Abdul Wahhab Miah on 2 February 2018.

Main office holders
Office Name Party Since
National emblem of Bangladesh.svg President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid Awami League 24 March 2013
Government Seal of Bangladesh.svg Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed Awami League 6 January 2009
বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় সংসদের সিলমোহর.svg Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury Awami League 30 April 2013
বাংলাদেশ সুপ্রীম কোর্টের সিলমোহর.svg Chief Justice of Bangladesh Syed Mahmud Hossain Nonpartisan 17 January 2015

Head of state

The President is the Head of State, a largely ceremonial post. The real power is held by the Prime Minister, who is the head of government. The president is elected by the legislature every five years and has normally limited powers that are substantially expanded during the tenure of a caretaker government, mainly in controlling the transition to a new government. Bangladesh has instituted a unique system of transfer of power; at the end of the tenure of the government, power is handed over to members of a civil society for three months, who run the general elections and transfer the power to elected representatives. This system was first practiced in 1991 and adopted to the constitution in 1996.[3]

As head of the state, the president can grant pardon to a man sentenced to death penalty or lessen the punishment. In some cases, it also performs some legislative and judicial functions.

Executive branch

Prime Minister

The prime minister is ceremonially appointed by the president, commanding the confidence of the majority of the MPs. The cabinet is composed of ministers selected

Cabinet

The executive administrates the country and executes the laws, passed by the legislature. It maintains the internal law and order in the country. It also maintains relationship with foreign countries. It works for defence, liberty and sovereignty of the country.

Agencies

The executive calculated the income and expenditure of the government. It also performs various public welfare services such as; education, agriculture, establishment of industry, trade & commerce, land reform, tax and revenue collection. Beside this, it also accepts and implements various development projects.

Local Government

At the local government level, the country is divided into divisions, districts, subdistricts (Upazila), unions, and villages. The lowest level of local government representative are Local officials of union council those who are elected at the union level election. All larger administrative units are run by members of the civil service.

Legislative branch

The legislature of Bangladesh is unicameral. The 300 members are elected by universal suffrage at least every 5 years. It consists of 350 members at present. There is universal suffrage for all citizens at the age of 18.

"On 16 May 2004, the Jatiya Sangsad (the National Parliament) passed the 14th constitutional amendment to reintroduce quotas for women (article 65). The number of seats in parliament is to be raised to 345, 45 (15%) of which will be reserved for women in the next parliament. The seats will be allocated to parties in proportion to their overall share of the vote. This quota system replaces the previous quota law which expired in 2001. Until 2001 a system of reserved seats for women was used, where 30 seats out of 330 were reserved to women (chosen by indirect election by the 300 directly elected MPs). This provision of guaranteeing women reserved seats expired in April 2001. This quota system was first introduced by the 1972 Constitution (originally providing for 15 reserved seats for women, out of 315 seats, for a period of 10 years). In 1978 a presidential proclamation enlarged the number of reserved seats to 30 and extended the period of reservation to 15 years from the date of promulgation of the constitution of the Republic in December 1972. The constitutional provision lapsed in 1987 and was re-incorporated in the constitution by an amendment in 1990 to be effective for 10 years from the first meeting of the legislature next elected. This provision also lapsed in 2001. The Parliament elected in October 2001 does not have reserved seats for women. Women's groups are lobbying for these seats to become directly elected positions and for the number of reserved seats to be increased."

The 10th Parliament had its first sitting on 25 January 2009 . Currently there are 350 members of the house of which 50 memberships are reserved for women.[4]

Judicial branch

Supreme Court

The highest judiciary body is the Supreme Court. Until recently, Chief Justice and judges were recommended by the Prime Minister and formally appointed by the President. Since 1991, political parties during their tenure in government have initiated the separation of the judiciary from control by the executive branch brought about by amendment of the Constitution of Bangladesh in 1975. The separation by presidential promulgation acts have signed and passed. Acts on the separation of Judiciary Administration, Remuneration, Pay and Leave, etc. have all been completed. The Supreme Court have now judiciary and administrative authority over all lower courts in the country.

See also

References

  1. ^ "New MPs take oath". The Daily Star. 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Hasina wins Bangladesh landslide", BBC
  3. ^ 14th Amendment, Constitution of Bangladesh, 1996.
  4. ^ Bangladesh and Global Studies (NCTB)
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