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Bangladesh’s Information Minister Murad Hasan resigned on Tuesday after a series of recent controversies sent him into a bind.

Bangladesh’s Information Minister Murad Hasan resigned from office on Tuesday.

Bangladesh’s Information Minister Murad Hasan resigned on Tuesday after a series of recent controversies sent him into a bind.

Awami League leader Murad Hasan (48) sparked a political row after he allegedly made obscene comments about the chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, his son Tareq Rahman and his granddaughter Chaima Rahman on Facebook Live.

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had demanded Hasan’s resignation for his disparaging remarks against Khaima Rahman.

Soon after, a leaked phone conversation by the minister of state with a movie actress sparked a storm of criticism.

This prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to order his resignation on Monday.

In the leaked audio, a person can be heard using abusive language and threatening the actress. That person is said to be Murad Hasan, although it has not been conclusively proven.

Top Awami League leaders said that if the allegations against Murad Hasan were proven true, the party would take action against him.

WHO IS MURAD HASAN?

Murad Hasan, who has a medical degree, was first elected to Parliament for the Jamalpur-4 constituency (Sarishabari, Mesta and Titpalya) in 2008.

After winning the same seat for the second time in the 11th parliamentary election in 2018, Sheikh Hasina appointed him Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Five months after the formation of the government, Murad was removed from the Ministry of Health and appointed Minister of State for Information in May 2019.

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