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Md Faridul Haque Khan, an Awami League MP from Jamalpur-2 constituency, took oath on Tuesday as state minister for religious affairs, reports UNB.

President Abdul Hamid administered the oath in the evening.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque and information minister Hasan Mahmud were, among others, present at the swearing-in ceremony that started at 7:05pm.

Faridul Haque was given the religious affairs portfolio as it remained vacant since the death of Sheikh Md Abdullah in June this year.

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The 47-member cabinet of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led government was formed on 6 January after Awami League was re-elected in the last general election with 31 new faces and three technocrat ministers.

On 11 July, state minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Imran Ahmed and Awami League women affairs secretary Fazilutunnesa Indira joined the cabinet as minister and state minister respectively.