Cabinet of Bangladesh

Fourth Hasina Cabinet
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20th Council of Ministers of Bangladesh
Incumbent
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Sheikh Hasina Wazed
Date formed7 January 2019 (2019-01-07)
People and organisations
Head of stateAbdul Hamid
Head of governmentSheikh Hasina
No. of ministers25 Cabinet Ministers
7 Advisers
19 State Ministers
3 Deputy Ministers.
Total no. of ministers54
Member partyAwami League
Status in legislature117-seat single-party majority
257 / 300
History
Legislature term(s)11th Parliament
PredecessorHasina III
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The Cabinet of Bangladesh (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের মন্ত্রিসভাBānglādēśēr Mantri'sabhā) or Council of Ministers (Bengali: বাংলাদেশের মন্ত্রিপরিষদBānglādēśēr Mantri'pariṣad) is the chief executive body of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The Cabinet is the collective decision-making body of the entire government under the Office of the Prime Minister, composed of the Prime Minister and some 24 Cabinet Ministers, 7 Advisers, 19 State Ministers and 3 Deputy Ministers.[1][2][3]

Responsibility

Ministers of the government, according to the Constitution of Bangladesh, are selected primarily from the elected members of House of Nation, also known as Jatiya Sangsad. Cabinet Ministers are heads of government departments, mostly with the office of the "Minister of [department, e.g. Defence]". The collective co-ordinating function of the Cabinet is reinforced by the statutory position that all the Ministers jointly hold the same office, and can exercise the same powers.

The Cabinet is the ultimate decision-making body of the executive within the parliamentary system of government in traditional constitutional theory of Bangladesh. This interpretation was originally put across in the work of the Bangladesh constitution in 1972. The political and decision-making authority of the cabinet has been gradually increased over the last few decades, with some claiming its role has been usurped by "Prime Ministerial" (i.e. more "presidential") government.

The Cabinet is the executive committee of The Prime Minister's Office, a historic body which has legislative, judicial and executive functions, and whose large membership does include member(s) of the Opposition or Coalition. Its decisions are generally implemented either under the existing powers of individual government departments, or by the Cabinet Secretary, the most senior civil servant in Bangladesh.