Sheikh Hasina becomes Bangladesh PM for 3rd time
Awami League chief Ms Sheikh Hasina (66) sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the third time along with a 48-member cabinet. President Abdul Hamid administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Ms Hasina and her new cabinet members at the Bangabhavan presidential palace in Dhaka.
Awami League won 231 seats, of which 127 seats were uncontested, giving it a clear three-fourth majority in the country’s 10th parliament.
The 18-party alliance led by former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the polls after her arch-rival Hasina rejected the opposition’s demand for a neutral caretaker regime for election oversight.
Note: Ms Hasina first came to power in 1996 and then defeated Khaleda Zia in the 2008 elections.