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Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina sworn in as prime minister

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid (L) swears in Sheikh Hasina (R) for her fourth spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister at the Presidential Palace in Dhaka. (AFP)

By Diyar Guldogan,

Ankara: Sheikh Hasina on Monday was sworn in as the Bangladeshi prime minister for her fourth term.

According to the prime ministerial office, Hasina assumed office after a grand alliance led by her party Awami League won parliamentary elections on Dec. 30.

Hasina’s party clinched a landslide victory in the violence-marred elections.

The opposition alliance led by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party rejected the results accusing voter intimidation, vote rigging, and partisan behavior by election officials, and demanded a fresh election under a nonpartisan government.

The election commission and ruling party rejected the vote-rigging and election violence reports, saying the elections were mostly peaceful, fair, and non-violent nationwide.

Hasina became prime minister for the first time on in 1996.

—AA


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