|Bangladesh lawmakers take oaths after discredited poll
Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers took the parliamentary oath today after an election condemned as a farce. Political leaders are still locked in a deadly confrontation.
Led by Sheikh Hasina, the current prime minister, members of parliament from the ruling Awami League and lawmakers from her allies were sworn in, parliament's spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP.
“The speaker of the outgoing parliament administered the swearing-in. Only a few MPs could not take the oath in time. They'll be sworn in later today,'' Abedin said.
The Awami League won 232 of 300 seats in Sunday's parliamentary polls boycotted by the opposition and hit by the deadliest election violence in the country's history.
Analysts say the new parliament could be short-lived.
The opposition, led by two-times former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who is under de facto house arrest, called for a non-stop blockade of roads, rail and waterways from Wednesday.
Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party called the weekend vote a farce and the United States said it lacked credibility.
A total of 153 Awami League members or allies were elected unopposed.
Daughter of independence hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina will be elected the leader of the parliament lafter the swearing-in, her spokesman Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury told AFP.
“She will then form a new government, which is expected to take oath by Sunday,'' he added.