Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday appointed Lieutenant General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan as the county`s new Army Chief to replace M A Mubeen who is set to retire.
"President Zillur Rahman today appointed Quarter Master General (QMG) Chief of Army Staff effective from June 25," a Bangabhaban presidential palace spokesman said.
He said "as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces" the president made the appointment of Iqbal, who would be promoted to the rank of General from June 25.
A defence ministry statement later reconfirmed the appointment saying the president also extended the tenure of incumbent Army Chief General Mubeen for 10 days as he was scheduled to go to retirement on June 15.
The development came a day after the defence ministry announced Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari as the new Air Force chief for a three-year tenure with effect from June 12 when incumbent Air Chief Air Marshal Shah Mohammad Ziaur Rahman would go on retirement leave.
According to the notification, Bari would be promoted to the rank of Air Marshal, equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant General in Army and Vice-Admiral in Navy the day he would take the charge as the new air chief.