Speaker of the Jatiyo Sangsad

Speaker of the Jatiyo Sangsad
জাতীয় সংসদের স্পিকার
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury

since 30 April 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Members of the Jatiyo Sangshad
Inaugural holder Shah Abdul Hamid
Formation 10 April 1972
Deputy Fazle Rabbi Miah
Website www.parliament.gov.bd/general-8.html

The Speaker is the presiding officer of Parliament of Bangladesh. His/her role is similar to that of Speakers elsewhere in other countries that use the Westminster system of government.

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Powers and functions of the Speaker

In exercise of his powers whether vested in him by the Constitution, the Rules of Procedure or any other law, the Speaker of Jatiyo Shangshad like his counterparts in any parliamentary democracy of the Westminster model, assumes a neutral role. He conducts, but does not take part in, the proceedings of the House. The Speaker cannot vote on any motion under discussion in the House. Only in case of a tie or equality of votes, he has to exercise his casting vote so as to help the House avoid a stalemate and arrive at a discussion. The powers and functions of the Speaker emanate from the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure. Some statutes have also vested him with some powers, duties and responsibilities. The constitutional powers and responsibilities of the Speaker include the following:

Enormous powers and responsibilities have been given to the Speaker by the Rules of Procedure of Jatiyo Shangshad. The following is only a short list of those powers and responsibilities that the Speaker enjoys or shoulders in the conduct of business and other related matters:

The Speaker has been vested with a number of powers and responsibilities under different statutes. Under the Parliament Secretariat Act 1994, the administrative responsibilities of the Parliament Secretariat is vested in him. He is the final authority for the sanction of expenditure out of the budget of the Parliament Secretariat. He also nominates, such number of Members of Parliament, as prescribed in the relevant law, to the senates of 7 major Universities of the country. Besides, there are other statutory bodies and institutions to whose governing bodies he nominates Members of Parliament as prescribed by law.


At the first sitting after a general election, Parliament presided over by the outgoing Speaker or, in his absence, by the Deputy Speaker, proceeds first to elect a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker in the manner laid down in the Rules of Procedure. A person however cannot preside over his own election. After the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, the House is adjourned for a short period so as to enable the newly elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker to take oath of their office. The House then meets with the new Speaker presiding.


The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are deemed to have assumed their offices as soon as they take oath from the President after their election and continue in their offices until their respective successors take over generally at the commencement of a new Parliament. In the constitutional arrangement of Bangladesh, as soon as a care-taker government comes into power following the dissolution of Parliament and the Prime Minister and the members of the Cabinet, the Leader and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Whip and Whips of Parliament are deemed to have relieved themselves of their responsibilities. Only the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker continue in office as a link between one Parliament and the next.

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