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Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested Parliament

Published on Jan 9, 2014 1:56 PM
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking during a media conference in Dhaka January 6, 2014. Bangladesh's ruling Awami League won a violence-plagued parliamentary election whose outcome was never in doubt after a boycott by the main opposition party. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

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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