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Bangladesh to swear in PM and Cabinet after deadly poll

Published on Jan 12, 2014 4:09 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her new Cabinet were set to be sworn in on Sunday after a deadly election boycotted by the opposition amid a worsening political crisis.

Ms Hasina and her team will officially form a government during a ceremony performed by the country's president in the capital Dhaka, his press secretary told AFP, a week after the controversial polls.

"President Abdul Hamid will administer the swearing-in to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her cabinet members at 3.30pm (5.30pm Singapore time)," Ihsanul Karim said.

Ms Hasina has insisted her walkover win in the parliamentary polls was legitimate, despite the vote being boycotted by the opposition and its allies in the deadliest election violence in the country's history.

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