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Bangladesh’s MPs-elect sworn in, BNP-led opposition boycotts oath ceremony

Bangladesh’s newly-elected parliament members took oath of office on Thursday, even as jailed ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s BNP and its allies boycotted the ceremony to protest what they called “farcical and rigged” elections.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won five seats and its partners in the National Unity Front (NUF) got just two as compared to 258 seats of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League and 22 of her ally Jatiya Party in the recently concluded 11th general elections.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, who chaired the 10th parliament, first took oath on her own as per parliamentary rules and then administered the oath of office to the Awami League MPs-elect including Hasina at the Oath Room of parliament around 11 am.

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