Wednesday, 7 December, 2022

Shamsul Haque Tuku elected Deputy Speaker

Former state minister for home affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku on Sunday was elected uncontested as the deputy speaker of the National Parliament, reports UNB.

Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Noor-E Alam Chowdhury proposed the name of Shamsul Haque, a ruling party lawmaker from Pabna-1 constituency, to the post of deputy speaker. The proposal was seconded by another Awami League lawmaker Qamrul Islam.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, who presided over the House, moved the lone proposal,   which was passed by a voice vote.

The deputy speaker was sworn in by President Abdul Hamid at 7:00pm on Sunday at the President's Jatiya Sangsad office. The election of a deputy speaker was needed as the office fell vacant due to the death of Fazle Rabbi Miah on July 22.

Tuku was elected to Parliament for the first time in the ninth parliamentary election held in 2008, representing constituency Pabna-1. In July 2009, he was appointed as a state minister for home affairs. In 2014, he was re-elected MP in the 10th and 11th national elections.

He is now the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Ministry.