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Cabinet approves Bill for 17th amendment to constitution

29 January 2018, 4:14:00

The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the Constitution (17th Amendment) Bill, 2018 to extend the tenure of women MPs (reserved seat) in Parliament. 

The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. unb

As per the constitution, Parliament shall consist of 300 members to be elected directly and 50 reserved seats for women to be allotted to parties based on their proportional representation in parliament.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

According to the draft bill, the tenure of the MPs will be counted from the first day of the 11th parliament.

The draft of the National Skill Development Authority Bill, 2018 was also approved in principle. 

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