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All ready for Bangladesh's new cabinet swearing-in: official

English.news.cn   2014-01-12 16:20:20            

DHAKA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is all set to form her new cabinet taking the oath of office Sunday evening for the second consecutive term after last week's controversial parliament polls, an official said here on Sunday.

"All preparations for the new cabinet to be sworn in on Sunday evening at Bangabhaban (the official residence and office of the Bangladesh's president) have been completed," a Cabinet Division official told Xinhua.

He said President Abdul Hamid will administer the oath in a ceremony attended by some 1,000 guests.

Cabinet Division Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan had earlier said Hasina will be sworn in as prime minister at 3:30 p.m. (local time) Sunday after dissolution of the polls-time cabinet and council of advisers.

He said Hasina gave him a list of her new ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers and another of her advisers after President Abdul Hamid's approval.

The cabinet might be comprised of 48 to 50 members but the number of new advisers could not be known, sources said.

The oath taking ceremony is being held amid countrywide road, rail, waterways blockade enforced by the 18-party alliance led by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party which boycotted the elections demanding polls under a non-party caretaker government.

Mired in controversy, Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary election was held for just 147 of 300 seats in 59 of 64 districts of the country on Jan 5 as 153 candidates had been elected uncontested.

According to results from the Election Commission, the ruling party Awarmi League won 232 seats - 127 uncontested, securing absolute majority in the election.

The Jatiya Party of former military strongman Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who ruled Bangladesh for nearly nine years from 1982 to 1990, won 31 seats and others took 27 seats.

Editor: chengyang
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