The 10th Parliament in a sense is the ‘house without opposition’, said executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Dr Iftekharuzzman on Tuesday.
“Boycott of opposition continued in the eighth and ninth parliaments. But the 10th Parliament, in a sense, is the house without opposition, and it is a matter of concern,” he said at a press conference at the Cirdap auditorium in the capital.
The TIB organized the press conference to reveal its new study report, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of the 9th parliament.
Dr Iftekhar suggested imposing ban on parliament boycott by enacting a new law aiming to make the parliament effective and accountable, and also setting a maximum 30-day limit for absence of parliament members in the House.
He said many debates and controversies have been prevailing about the 10th Parliament. “We think, the exceptional nature of the 10th Parliament will come to end and a new parliament will be formed with the participation of all political parties.”
TIB trustee board member and former adviser to the caretaker government M Hafizuddin Khan, TIB deputy executive director Dr Sumaiya Khair and its director ((research and policy) Rafiqul Hasan were present.
10th Parliament, a house without opposition: TIB