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Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM for fifth time period

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks as she is sworn in for a fifth time period on the Presidential Palace in Dhaka on January 11, 2024.
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a fifth time period on January 11 after a landslide victory in an election boycotted by the opposition.

Ms. Hasina’s ruling Awami League occasion received practically three-quarters of elected seats in parliament, with allied events and pleasant impartial candidates making up practically all the rest.

The vote was criticised by the United States and the United Nations following a crackdown late final 12 months that noticed 1000’s of opposition occasion members arrested.

“I will faithfully discharge the duties of Prime Minister according to the law,” Ms. Hasina stated in an oath-taking ceremony on the presidential palace.

Around 15 ministers from the earlier cupboard had been dropped however most senior ministers retained their place, names circulated by the cupboard workplace confirmed.

Career diplomat A.Ok. Abdul Momen was dropped as international minister after serving since 2019.

Finance minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal, who has been sick for a lot of the previous 5 years, was additionally moved on, with one other former international minister to switch him.

Ms. Hasina has presided over breakneck financial progress in Bangladesh – as soon as beset by grinding poverty – however her authorities has been accused of rampant human rights abuses and a ruthless crackdown on dissent.

Dozens of opposition events boycotted the January 7 election, which they described as a “sham” designed to entrench Hasina in energy.

Turnout within the ballot was a meagre 41.8%, simply over half the determine within the earlier vote in 2018.

China and India congratulated Ms. Hasina after her victory, vowing to proceed cooperation with the South Asian nation of 170 million individuals.

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