Dhaka, Oct 29 (bdnews24.com) – The Awami League Sunday night lent quiet support to President Iajuddin Ahmed taking over as head of the caretaker administration and said it was up to him to prove if he was “acceptable”.

“It’s not about accepting him or not. At least not for now … He did not go by the constitution … now that he has taken over we’ll wait and see. It’s now up to him to prove if he is acceptable,”

“We wanted him to appoint a caretaker government by Sunday. He’s done that. But if he hadn’t made himself the head of caretakers, it would have been better.

“He’s violated the constitution which he’s pledge-bound to uphold. There were options in the constitution.”

Hasina criticised the way the President handled the swearing-in ceremony. She said she had received the invitation card “only five minutes before the ceremony”.

“We could have welcomed him if he had done that following the principles of the constitution.”

When bdnews24.com Senior Correspondent Kamran Reza Chowdhury asked if the Awami League would take part in general elections, she said: “We said we wouldn’t participate under KM Hasan. That KM Hasan is gone is a victory for us. Now reforming the electoral system, reorganising the Election Commission, creating the right climate for elections are all up to the President.”

“People could not accept that the BNP was trying to cling to power even after its tenure was over.

“It’s good that the BNP is no longer in power. Right or wrong, the President’s listened to our demand by installing a caretaker government by today (Sunday).

“I call upon the President to take action against the corrupt people. He must ensure that these people cannot flee the country.”