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AL to dominate parliament with 2nd-largest volume of MPs since 1973

  • Published at 10:26 am January 3rd, 2019
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File photo of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has had 11 parliamentary elections since the nation’s independence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League will dominate the 11th parliament with the second-highest volume of lawmakers since the first parliament began in 1973.

Bangladesh, which secured its independence with a nine-month-long war, has so far witnessed 11 editions of parliamentary elections; where voters elect their public representatives to run the country.

In the first parliament formed on March 7, 1973, Awami League went to parliament with 293 seats under its party symbol, the boat.

In the 11th parliamentary election, which was held on December 30, 2018, ruling party candidates secured a landslide victory with 257 seats; the second highest in number since the first parliament began.

Awami League is going to form the new government for the third successive term under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the party president.

Bangladesh parliament at a glance 

Parliament

Election date

Voters (in millions)

Awami League

BNP

JaPa

Jamaat

1st

March 7, 1973

35.21

293

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Banned

2nd

February 18, 1979

38.36

39

207

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06

3rd

May 7, 1986

47.31

76

Did not participated

153

10

4th

March 3, 1988

49.86

Did not participated

Did not participated

250

Did not participate

5th

February 27, 1991

62.18

88

140

35

18

6th

February 15, 1996

56.12

Did not participate

250

Did not participate

Did not participate

7th

June 12, 1996

56.72

146

116

32

03

8th

October 1, 2001

75.00

62

193

14

17

9th

December 29, 2008

81.13

230

30

27

02

10th

January 5, 2014

91.97

234

Did not participate

34

Did not participate

11th

December 30, 2018

104.2

257

05

22

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The parliament Secretariat has made all the necessary preparations for the oath-taking ceremony of the 298 newly-elected lawmakers, for the 11th parliament, to be held on Thursday.

A total of 22 candidates from former military dictator HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party; two each from Awami League-led Grand Alliance members Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal; three from the Workers Party of Bangladesh; one, each, from Tariqat Federation and Anwar Hossain Manju-led Jatiya Party; among others, were invited to take the oath as lawmakers.

Among the opposition, five from BNP, two from Gono Forum, and three independent candidates have also been invited to take the oath at the ceremony scheduled at 11am in the parliament on Thursday.

The BNP and Gono Forum members are yet to decide on whether they will take the oath as they have already rejected the election results, citing irregularities.