Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was on Thursday sworn in as the prime minister of Bangladesh for the fourth consecutive term – the fifth overall – after she led her Awami League party to a massive victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin conducted the oath of office and secrecy to the 76-year-old prime minister at a ceremony attended by foreign diplomats, top civil and military officials, and the elite of the city.
The oath-taking ceremony took place a day after the Awami League Parliamentary Party unanimously elected Sheikh Hasina as its leader paving the way for her to become the prime minister for an unprecedented fifth term, a record in Bangladesh’s history.
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Sheikh Hasina, the elder daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, secured landslide victory from the Gopalganj-3 parliamentary in the January 7 election. She never lost from this seat in her home district since her first contest in 1986.
The Awami League, led by Hasina, won the June 1996 parliamentary elections returning to power for the first time since the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.
She again led her party to an absolute win in the 2008 election. She also won the next three elections in 2014, 2018 and the latest on January 7, 2023.
The January 7 election the Awami League secured 222 seats. The independent candidates, largely from AL bagged 62 and the Jatiya Party, led by GM Quader, got only 11 seats.
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