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Friday, March 12, 1999 Published at 20:38 GMT

World: South Asia

Bangladesh home minister sacked

There was criticism of law and order issues

The Bangladesh home affairs minister has been sacked in a cabinet reshuffle.

Rafiqul Islam has been replaced by the Public Works, Post and Telecommunications Minister, Mohammad Nasim.

Rafiqul Islam had faced a barrage of public criticism on law and order issues.

Eight people died in bomb blasts last week at a communist cultural show, and in February a leading left-wing politician was murdered.

He is to remain in the cabinet as minister without portfolio.

Mohammad Nasim will be in overall control of both the home and the public works, post and telecommunications ministries

But the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister, Mosharraf Hossain, will take charge of the Housing and Public Works sections.

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