The other minister, education and cultural affairs adviser Ayub Quadri, resigned on December 26 following public outcry over the missing of two Paris-bound Vishnu statuettes.
The new picks are AMM Shawkat Ali, former agriculture secretary, AF Hassan Ariff, former attorney general, Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre, Major General (retd) Ghulam Quader, former director general of National Security Intelligence, and Rasheda K Choudhury, chief executive officer of Campaign for Popular Education.
Portfolios of over 16 ministries are likely to be distributed among them today, said sources in the cabinet. Meantime, six to seven “assistants” will also be appointed in a couple of days to assist the administration as it failed earlier to expand the advisory council due to the constitutional obligation not to have more than 11 advisers including the chief adviser, sources said.
Mainul Hosein, law and information adviser; Tapan Chowdhury, power, energy, mineral resources, food and disaster management; adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, industries, textiles and jute, social welfare, and women and children affairs adviser; and Maj Gen (retd) ASM Matiur Rahman, adviser for the ministries of health and family welfare, water resources, and religious affairs; resigned Tuesday acting on advice of the chief adviser.