DHAKA: Bangladesh's newly installed caretaker government met for the first time on Sunday to end the political crisis in the country and prepare the ground for free and fair elections.

Chief Adviser of the reconstituted interim government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, distributed portfolios among five advisers a day after they were sworn in, an official statement said. Mr. Ahmed retained Cabinet Division, Establishment, Home Affairs and Election Commission Secretariat.

Moinul Hosein, chief editor, Ittefaq, was given the Ministries of Law, Housing and Land. The portfolios of Finance, Planning, Commerce and Telecommunication went to Mirza Azizul Islam, a former Securities and Exchange Commission chief.

Maj.Gen.(retd.) M.A. Matin, former chief of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, was given charge of the Ministries of Communications, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Liberation War Affairs.

Industrialist Tapan Chowdhury got the portfolios of Power and Mineral Resources, Food and Disaster Management, Science and Information and Communication Technology and Youth and Sports.

Entrepreneur Geeteara Safiya Chowdhury was given charge of the Ministries of Industries, Textile and Jute, Social Welfare and Women and Children Affairs.

The undistributed portfolios would remain with the Chief Adviser until further order, a Cabinet statement said. Mr. Ahmed is tasked with winning the confidence of the two feuding political parties the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League. Six persons, were taken into custody under the special emergency powers for taking out a rally. PTI

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