Hasina one of the longest serving female leaders of the world

Published : 11:22, Sep 12, 2019 | Updated : 11:30, Sep 12, 2019

Bangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks during a media conference in Dhaka January 6, 2014. REUTERS/Sheikh Hasina has been named as one of the longest serving female leaders of the world as the Bangladesh prime minister has broken records of India’s Indira Gandhi, UK’s Margaret Thatcher and Sri Lanka’s Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Sheikh Hasina is now an icon of resurrection of women, according to a survey by WikiLeaks.
Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia, is the longest serving female head of the state. She stayed in power from September 11, 1997 till December 31, 2017. But, she is not very famous in global politics. Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland remained the head of the state from August 1, 1980 till August 1, 1996. She was also not a familiar name on the global stage, according to the report.
Dame Uzenin, as Prime Minister of Domenika, ruled her country for 14 years and 328 days, from July 21, 1980 till June 14, 1995. Mary McAleese was the female President of Ireland, for 13 years and 364 days.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on the top of female heads of states in the world. Assuming power on November 22, 2005, she is still running Germany.
Hasina is now performing the duty of Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the fourth time, including thrice at a straight.
This February 2017 photo shows Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. REUTERSAt first, Sheikh Hasina became the Prime Minister from 1996 till 2001 and then she came back to power in 2008. In a national election held on December 30, 2018, her party obtained maximum seats in Parliament.
She took oath as the Prime Minister for three consecutive years, on January 7, 2019. Sheikh Hasina has already completed 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 crossed the records of Margaret Thatcher of Britain.
Thatcher ruled Britain for 11 years and 208 days from May 4, 1979 till November 28, 1990. Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India for over 15 years, at different times. Chandrika Kumarantunga of Sri Lanka performed duties as both the Prime Minister and the President for 11 years and seven days.
Four female longest serving heads of states and governments are well known in the world. These women, including Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and Sheikh Hasina, gave a new direction and new possibilities to their respective countries.
President Abdul Hamid  administers Sheikh Hasina’s oath-taking ceremony as the country’s Prime Minister in Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 7, 2019. REUTERSAfter assuming power for the fourth time, Sheikh Hasina has crossed the records of other famous female world leaders. Bangladesh has achieved a great deal of socio-economic advancement during last several years under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Per capita income of Bangladeshi people has mounted to 1900 dollars which was below one thousand dollars a few years back.
Bangladesh has successfully graduated from the least developed countries (LDC) during the tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu 1 was launched into space in 2018 which is another breakthrough of Sheikh Hasina’s government.
Bangladesh has become a development role model in the present world. All countries now view Bangladesh as a brilliant example. Different international organizations have awarded prestigious prizes to Sheikh Hasina recognizing the dexterity with which she has been serving Bangladesh.