Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman announced on Thursday (13 January) that he will hold the portfolios of Defence, Home Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and Cabinet Affairs in his new cabinet.
SV & CU EXT Guards outside cabinet room
LV & CU INT Sheikh Mujib flanked by Tajuddin Ahmed and Nazrul Islam and other Ministers (4 shots)
LV Mujib residence, Sheikh arriving and enters (2 shots)
SV INT Well-wishers surround Sheikh in house (3 shots)
SCU Mujib consoles emotional man.
SV Sheikh drives away past guard of honour (3 shots)
SV INT Wounded soldier being fed in hospital
SCU Sheikh Mujib embraces wounded man on bed
CU & SV Mujib talks and embraces other wounded men (6 shots)
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Background: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman announced on Thursday (13 January) that he will hold the portfolios of Defence, Home Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and Cabinet Affairs in his new cabinet.
Sheikh Mujib, 51, took over as Prime Minister of his newly-created state after stepping down from the largely ceremonial post of President on Wednesday (12 January).
The Prime Minister also announced that Bangladesh, the former eastern wing of Pakistan, would have a parliamentary form of Government in accordance with the people's wishes.
Sheikh Mujib was still being visited by crowds of well-wishers at his home in Dacca on Thursday. A day later, he made a visit to Dacca hospital to offer sympathy to wounded soldiers and fighters in the Mukti Bahini guerrilla movement.
SYNOPSIS: The Government of the newly-created state of Bangladesh held its first official cabinet meeting in Dacca on Thursday. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had stepped down from the largely ceremonial post of President a day earlier, officially took office as Prime Minister and later announced that he was to assume the portfolios of Defence, Home Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and Cabinet affairs. Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed was given the Ministries of Finance, Planning and Revenue. Mr. Abdus Samad Azad retained the post of Foreign Minister in the 12-man cabinet, which had been sworn in the day earlier.
Later in the day, crowds of well-wishers were still calling at Sheikh Mujib's residence in the city. The Bangladesh leader had returned to Dacca earlier in the week after being freed by Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from prison in West Pakistan. He had been held there for nine months following an army crackdown on Bengali nationalists seeking more autonomy in what was then East Pakistan. Sheikh Mujib had returned to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of people in the city streets, while in all other major cities in Bangladesh excited people ware dancing in the streets.
On Friday, Sheikh Mujib went straight from his residence to Dacca Hospital, where hundreds of Bangladesh soldiers and guerrilla fighters of the Mukti Bahini movement are still being treated for wounds suffered during the fighting.
There were emotional scenes when Sheikh Mujib entered the wards and offered comfort and thanks to the wounded soldiers. The Bangladesh leader knew many of the soldiers personally. Many of the Mukti Bahini fighters who had been injured in the final stages of the fighting had accompanied the Indian troops in the capture of Dacca at the very end of the war.