President invites Hasina to form govt


Dhaka, Jan 03: President Abdul Hamid has invited Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to form the new government after her party’s landslide victory in the 11th national election.The president extended the invitation after Hasina went to meet him the Bangabhaban, UNB reports.

Hasina arrived at the presidential palace around 4:30 pm on Thursday (Jan 3), it said.

The Awami League is about to form a government for an unprecedented third straight term after winning the election on Dec 30. It won 259 of 299 seats while the Grand Alliance it leads won 288 seats.

Earlier in the day, the newly-elected members of Bangladesh’s 11th national parliament were sworn in to office.

The ceremony began at the oath-taking chamber of the parliament around 11am, with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administering oaths of office to Awami League MPs, who will form the largest bloc.

Speaker Chaudhury began by administering the oath of office on herself and then proceeded to read out the oath to other MPs.

The Jatiya Paty MPs were sworn in around 12.30pm, but party chairman and former military strongman HM Ershad was not there.

The Jatiya Oikya Front, the opposition alliance that includes the BNP, won seven seats. The alliance has rejected the outcome of the election as ‘farcical’ citing rigging and violence and said that its MPs-elect will not join the parliament.