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Bangladesh to swear in new MPs after disputed polls

Published on Jan 8, 2014 10:25 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers were set to be sworn in on Thursday as the victorious ruling party moved to form a government days after a general election marred by deadly violence and an opposition boycott.

The planned swearing-in comes despite demands by the opposition to cancel the poll results and growing international pressure to hold fresh elections that can be seen as credible and inclusive.

The opposition on Tuesday called a non-stop blockade of roads, rail and waterways to topple the government and make way for new polls.

Parliament spokesman S.M. Manzoor said the swearing-in of the MPs would be held Thursday.

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