Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Shirin to be first female speaker

Shirin to be first female speaker

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is going to be the country’s first female Speaker as Awami League Parliamentary Party at a meeting nominated her unanimously for the post last night.
Born in 1966, Shirin Sharmin, currently state minister for women and children affairs, is scheduled to take oath this afternoon after ruling alliance lawmakers elect her for the post, sources at the parliament secretariat said.
Dr Shirin will also be the youngest Speaker of Bangladesh. And, she will be the first to become Speaker from lawmaker elected from reserved seat for women.
Talking to The Daily Star after the meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, some female lawmakers, however, said is there any shortage of elect, experienced and competent female MPs in the country? None of them wished to be named.
Soon after the ALPP meeting started at 9:00pm, Awami League General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam proposed Shirin Sharmin’s name for the position.
Jute and Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddique supported Ashraf’s proposal. AL MP and Whip Sagufta Yasmin also spoke supporting Shirin, also a noted jurist who earned PhD from University of Essex, United Kingdom.
ALPP chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.
The Speaker’s office in parliament fell vacant after speaker Abdul Hamid was sworn in as president on April 24.