Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested Parliament
Published on Jan 9, 2014 1:56 PM
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers took the parliamentary oath on Thursday after an election condemned as a farce by critics, with the country's battling political leaders still locked in a deadly confrontation.
Led by Ms Sheikh Hasina, the current Prime Minister, MPs from the ruling Awami League and lawmakers from her allies were sworn in, Parliament spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP.
"The speaker of the outgoing parliament administered the swearing-in. Only a few MPs could not take the oath in time. They'll be sworn in later today," Mr Abedin said.
The Awami League won 232 of 300 seats in Sunday's parliamentary polls, which were boycotted by the opposition and hit by the deadliest election violence in the country's history.
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