Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh Prime Minister for fourth term

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DHAKA: Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Monday.


This is the fourth time that Hasina has become the prime minister of the South Asian country and it is her third consecutive term in the office.

President Mohammed Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to Hasina and her cabinet, which will take charge after the current government’s term ends on January 28.

The Daily Star reported that the oath-taking ceremony started with the recitation of the Holy Quran.

Hasina’s party and allies secured 288 seats out of 299 parliamentary seats in the December 30 elections. The team includes 24 ministers, most of them are new faces. 

Hasina's ruling alliance won more than 90 per cent of the seats contested in the election, which was marred by accusations of ballot stuffing, voter intimidation and violence.

71-year old Hasina and her ruling Awami League party have dismissed the accusations.

Hasina, the daughter of Bangladesh's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is termed by many as the country's iron lady.

The Jatiya Party, a key partner in the Awami League-led Grand Alliance of Hasina, on Friday decided to occupy the opposition benches in Parliament after the main opposition BNP led by ex-premier Khaleda Zia rejected the results of the general election.

 

With inputs from ANI

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