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Newly elected Bangladeshi lawmakers sworn in

Newly elected Bangladeshi lawmakers sworn in

Bangladesh's newly elected opposition lawmakers from a four-party alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia were sworn in Thursday.
Zia's alliance won only 33 out of 300 parliamentary seats after a sound defeat in elections last month by a 15-party alliance headed by Sheikh Hasina, the country's new prime minister.
The elections came after two years of emergency rule by a military-backed interim government and were the first in seven years.
Hasina, who was prime minister from 1996-2001, was sworn in as the head of the new government on Jan. 6. She is currently leading a 32-member Cabinet.
Parliament Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar said he swore in the opposition lawmakers Thursday.
Zia, who ended her latest five-year term as prime minister in October 2006, had said the voting was "rigged" but later conceded defeat.
The first session of the new Parliament will begin on Jan. 25.
Last month's elections were the most peaceful in decades. Elections scheduled for January 2007 were canceled following violent opposition street protests.


Updated : 2021-07-31 20:50 GMT+08:00