New Bangladeshi MPs to take oaths

As the new MPs will take their oaths on Thrusday, the main opposition calls for the continued blockading of roads, railways and waterways.

New Bangladeshi MPs to take oaths

World Bulletin / News Desk

The newly elected members of parliament from Bangladesh's one-sided 10th parliamentary elections will take their oaths on Thursday, as Bangladesh National Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury will administer the oath at the National Parliament Building.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Election Commission of Bangladesh published the gazette for the 290 newly elected MPs from the January 5 election, 273 of which are were candidates from the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) or its allies.

According to the gazette, BAL has 229 MPs, while among its allies, Jatiya Party (National Party) has 33, the Workers Party of Bangladesh six, and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (National Socialist Party) five.

Meanwhile, independents have 14 seats while others claim 3.

In the 10th parliamentary elections, candidates from BAL and its allies won in 153 constituencies which were uncontested as a result of the main opposition and other parties boycotting the elections.

Out of the 147 contested constituencies, BAL won 102 while its allies, independents and others won 34.

Eight constituencies will undergo repolling, while two others were suspended because of irregularities by candidates.

Blockade will continue

Meanwhile, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called for the continued blockading of roads, railways and waterways.

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir called upon the people, on behalf of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, to continue the countrywide blockade program.

The main opposition BNP, leading an 18-party alliance, had announced the blockade program from January 1, demanding the cancellation of the one-sided controversial elections held on January 5.

More than 100 activists and leaders of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami were arrested across Bangladeshi districts on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in different political cases filed by the police administration.

The German government has urged Bangladesh and all political parties to overcome their differences in the interest of the country, and work together to bring about inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.

The 10th parliamentary elections are "an extremely poor reflection of the electorate’s will," said a statement issued by Germany's Federal Foreign Office which was issued by Berlin on January 7, and distributed by the German Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2014, 10:26
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