Dhaka: Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on January 7 for the fourth time at Bangabhaban – the official residence and office of the Bangladesh President. The swearing ceremony of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and cabinet members will be held at Bangabhaban at 3.30 PM on Monday.
Hasina, along with her new Cabinet, will take oath after Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid formally invited her to form the government for a fourth straight term. The 11th Parliament will go into the session when the incumbent parliament’s term expires on January 28.
Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on January 7, following her party’s sweeping victory in the 11th Parliamentary elections, which were held across the country on December 30.
Hasina’s 47-member new cabinet line-up has been announced. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam announced the names of the cabinet members at a press conference on Sunday. The cabinet included 25 ministers including PM Hasina, 19 ministers of state and three deputy ministers. According to the cabinet secretary, Hasina has inducted 31 new faces into her new cabinet.
The announcement was made days after the 288 newly elected members of Bangladesh’s parliament from Hasina’s ruling coalition were sworn in amid an opposition boycott on Thursday. Seven MPs from ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led major opposition alliance skipped the oath-taking ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Jatiya Oikya Front has maintained its stance and re-confirmed that none of the Members of Parliament-elect from their group will participate in the oath-taking ceremony. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance rejected the election results and called for fresh elections.
The 11th general elections to Bangladesh were held on December 30, 2018. The elections were marred by violent clashes between the ruling Awami League and the Opposition party – BNP members. As many as 18 people lost their lives in the violent clashes.