Sheikh Hasina, world’s longest serving female leaders
Zariat Mushfique of DOT
The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exceeded the records of famed female heads of governments including India’s Indira Gandhi, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and Sri Lanka’s Chandrika Kumaratunga, hence she has been placed in the list of longest serving eminent female leaders of the world.
A recent survey by WikiLeaks calls Sheikh Hasina, “an icon of resurrection of women”.
The United News of India reports that Sheikh Hasina is currently performing the duty of Prime Minister for the fourth time, reports The Daily Sun.
She had been the Prime Minister from 1996 till 2001, thus has served thrice at a straight and later in 2008, she returned to power. On December 30, 2018, her party Awami League had after the election obtained the maximum amount of seats in Parliament.
On January 7, 2019 she had taken her oath as the Prime Minister for three consecutive years successfully completing 15 years as the Prime Minister and now, she is into one year of her fourth term. Sheikh Hasina is the only head of the government, who has crossed the records of Margaret Thatcher of Britain.
From May 4, 1979 till November 28, 1990 Thatcher had ruled Britain for 11 years and 208 days, Indira Gandhi had served as the Prime Minister of India for over 15 years at different times and Chandrika Kumarantunga of Sri Lanka performed her duties as both the Prime Minister and the President for 11 years and seven days.
These women, including Sheikh Hasina, have given new possibilities to their respective countries. A great deal of socio-economic advancement has been achieved by Bangladesh last several years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Per capita income of Bangladeshi people which was below one thousand dollars a few years back, has amounted to 1900 dollars. Bangladesh has successfully gained release from the designation as one of the least developed countries (LDC) during the tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Currently Bangladesh has become a development role model to the modern world. Various prestigious prizes have been awarded to Sheikh Hasina by international organizations, recognizing the dexterity with which she has been serving Bangladesh.