Six more swear in Hasina's cabinet in Bangladesh

Six more members of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet were sworn in.

Six more swear in Hasina's cabinet in Bangladesh

Six more members of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet were sworn in on Saturday a month after she won a parliamentary election.

The addition of six new state ministers, who rank second in a ministry, brought the number of ministers and state ministers in Hasina's cabinet to 38. Their areas of responsibility were to be announced shortly.

Hasina, 61, earlier this month named 23 ministers and eight state ministers following her Dec. 29 landslide election win that meant she became prime minister for a second time after holding the post from 1996 to 2001.

The election had been held to end two years of rule by an army-backed interim government.

Hasina's Awami League and its allies won more than two-thirds of parliament's 300 seats in the election, with just 31 going to her bitter rival Begum Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally Jamaat-e-Islami.

Hasina and Khaleda had alternated in power for 15 years ending in 2006, with Khaleda winning two five-year terms and Hasina one.

The period was marked by frequent street protests, strikes and violence as whichever party was in opposition resorted to confrontational politics. The interim government took over amidst violence in January 2007, cancelling an election due that month.

The session of the new parliament is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

Reuters
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