Prime minister and president of ruling Awami League Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said after 35 years of leading the country's largest party she would be happy to see new leadership at the helm of the organisation.
‘I'll not say about any other person, I will say about myself... I have led the party for 35 years and I will be very happy if I get the opportunity to retire,’ she said in response to a question from senior journalist Golam Sarwar at a press conference.
The prime minister called the press conference at her Ganabhaban residence to inform the media about her recent visit to Canada and USA and participation in the UN general assembly.
‘Leaving the leadership of the party is not deserting the party,’ said Sheikh Hasina, eldest daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was unanimously elected president of the party in a party conference in 1981.
Three-time prime minister Sheikh Hasina said ‘it's really a lot to work for so long time and discharge so many responsibilities ... I'm thinking it on my own. So I will be happy if the party can elect a new leader,’ she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the next leadership of the party would be selected based on the opinions of the grassroots leaders and workers. And the process has already been launched, she said.
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