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PM addressing press conference on budget

| Updated: June 14, 2019 17:00:54

PM addressing press conference on budget

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started addressing a press conference at 3:00pm on Friday on budget at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka as Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal fell ill.

The Prime Minister will take questions from journalists about the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year at the press conference that started at 3:00pm Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, she also read a part of finance minister's fiscal 2019-20 budget speech in parliament after her finance chief was struggling with ill health.

Afflicted with high fever, Kamal fumbled through the start of his speech before being allowed by Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury to deliver his address sitting down.

But the minister continued to struggle throughout the session before Hasina rushed to his rescue and took over from him to complete the address.

The finance minister began presenting his maiden budget at 3:00pm on Thursday after attending a cabinet meeting on the country’s financial plans presided over by Hasina, reports bdnews24.com.

The 72-year-old went to Dhaka's Apollo Hospital for a medical check-up on Tuesday evening, having been suffering from a fever for a few days. He subsequently stayed at the hospital overnight on the advice of doctors.

Kamal attended parliament on Wednesday.

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