Dhaka, Bangladesh
Poll govt today

Poll govt today

No fresh faces, says Muhith

News Report Now that the election scheduled is in place, the much-talked-about poll-time government may be formed too soon, likely today. However, there was no hint as of now at accommodating the mainline opposition pleas for the formation of a neutral election-time government or induction of few ministers in a small cabinet. Finance Minister AMA Muhith said Thursday the election-time government may be announced Friday (today). "There will be no new faces in the election-time cabinet," Muhith said after a cabinet- committee meeting. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, meantime, announced the national election schedule on Thursday evening, signaling the election time with December 23 set as the voting date. After the meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase at the secretariat, reporters asked Muhith about the election-time government. "Tomorrow, the election-time government may come tomorrow," he said, hinting that there won't be any technocrat minister. The reporters followed up with further questions as to whether the cabinet will be reconstructed Friday. "I think it is happening," Muhith said. Asked whether new members will be inducted into the cabinet, the finance minister said: "That's not possible." As the reporters asked the minister again about the issue, he said, "It's almost certain, because it is a coalition government. There is nobody who can be picked. So I don't think there will be any new addition." About the exit of four technocrat ministers, Muhith said they will stay on until their resignations are accepted. "They are still there. Their resignation letters will probably be accepted tomorrow (Friday), or perhaps tonight." Muhith said it is time he retired from politics. "No, I will not contest the election. That's my decision. I'll submit the nomination paper. It's a kind of dummy nomination. It's a routine affair." "I want to retire. I think I should." Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader later in the day made it clear that there wouldn't be any technocrat minister in the poll-time cabinet. He also told reporters that the prime minister's postponed press conference on the poll dialogue with political parties would be held in a couple of days. AL nomination forms will be sold to aspirants from today. Inputs taken from agencies

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