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    Bangladesh Government 1998
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb1998/bangladesh/bangladesh_government.html
    SOURCE: 1998 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: People's Republic of Bangladesh
      conventional short form: Bangladesh
      former: East Pakistan

      Data code BG

      Government type republic

      National capital Dhaka

      Administrative divisions 4 divisions; Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi
      note: there may be two new divisions named Barisal and Sylhet

      Independence 16 December 1971 (from Pakistan)

      National holiday Independence Day, 26 March (1971)

      Constitution 4 November 1972, effective 16 December 1972, suspended following coup of 24 March 1982, restored 10 November 1986, amended many times

      Legal system based on English common law

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Shahabuddin AHMED (since 9 October 1996); note - the president's duties are normally ceremonial, but with the 13th amendment to the constitution ("Caretaker Government Amendment"), the president's role becomes significant at times when Parliament is dissolved and a caretaker government is installed - at presidential direction - to supervise the elections
      head of government: Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA Wajed (since 23 June 1996)
      cabinet: Cabinet selected by the prime minister and appointed by the president
      elections: president elected by National Parliament for a five-year term; election last held 24 July 1996 (next to be held by NA October 2001); following legislative elections, the leader of the party that wins the most seats is usually appointed prime minister by the president
      election results: Shahabuddin AHMED elected president without opposition; percent of National Parliament vote - NA

      Legislative branch unicameral National Parliament or Jatiya Sangsad (330 seats; 300 elected by popular vote from single territorial constituencies, 30 seats reserved for women; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 12 June 1996 (next to be held NA 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - AL 33.87%, BNP 30.87%; seats by party - AL 178, BNP 113, JP 33, JI 3, other 2, election still to be held 1; note - the elections of 12 June 1996 brought to power an Awami League government for the first time in twenty-one years; held under a neutral, caretaker administration, the elections were characterized by a peaceful, orderly process and massive voter turnout, ending a bitter two-year impasse between the former BNP and opposition parties that had paralyzed National Parliament and led to widespread street violence

      Judicial branch Supreme Court, the Chief Justices and other judges are appointed by the president

      Political parties and leaders Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda ZIAur Rahman; Awami League (AL), Sheikh HASINA Wajed; Jatiyo Party (JP), Hussain Mohammad ERSHAD; Jamaat-E-Islami (JI), Motiur Rahman NIZAMI; Bangladesh Communist Party (BCP), Saifuddin Ahmed MANIK

      International organization participation AsDB, C, CCC, CP, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, MONUA, NAM, OIC, SAARC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UNMOT, UNOMIG, UNOMIL, UNPREDEP, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Khwaja Mohammad SHEHABUDDIN
      chancery: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
      telephone: [1] (202) 342-8372 through 8376
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles and New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador John C. HOLZMAN
      embassy: Diplomatic Enclave, Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212
      mailing address: G.P.O. Box 323, Dhaka 1000
      telephone: [880] (2) 884700 through 884722
      FAX: [880] (2) 883-744

      Flag description green with a large red disk slightly to the hoist side of center; the red sun of freedom represents the blood shed to achieve independence; the green field symbolizes the lush countryside, and secondarily, the traditional color of Islam

      NOTE: The information regarding Bangladesh on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bangladesh Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bangladesh Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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