Awami League MP Md Faridul Haque Khan has taken oath as state minister for religious affairs this evening.
President Abdul Hamid administered the new state minister's oath-taking at Bangabhaban around 7:00pm.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam conducted the oath-taking ceremony with presence of only three ministers and few other concerned officials due to Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The three-time lawmaker from Jamalpur-2 succeeded Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who died on June 14 after having cardiac arrest at the age of 75.
The post remained vacant for around five months.
According to the rules of business, Prime Minister's Office conducted the activities of the religious affairs ministry following the demise of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
According to parliament website, Faridul Haque Khan is a jute businessman with educational qualification up to higher secondary certificate.
Born on January 2, 1956, Faridul Haque Khan hails from Islampur village under Islampur upazila, Jamalpur district.
With the inclusion of Faridul Haque Khan, the number of members in Sheikh Hasina's cabinet rose to 46.