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Bangladesh MPs take oaths of office

Bangladesh's newly elected MPs took the oath of office today, four days after an election marred by violence, low turnout and a boycott by the main opposition party.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at the national parliament in the capital Dhaka, with politicians from the ruling Awami League party and its main ally Jatiya Party taking their oaths.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' new government will name a Cabinet this weekend amid condemnation by opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who wants the election results to be scrapped.

The country has been hit by months of violence as opposition activists staged attacks, strikes and transport blockades to protest against the election.

Ms Hasina's Awami League party won 232 of the 300 seats in the parliament.


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