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Monday, January 07, 2019, 21:50
Hasina sworn in for 3rd straight term as Bangladesh PM
By Xinhua
Monday, January 07, 2019, 21:50 By Xinhua

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, left, swears in Sheikh Hasina, right, for her fourth spell as Bangladesh's prime minister at the Presidential palace in Dhaka, Jan 7, 2019. (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

DHAKA – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was sworn in here on Monday for her third straight five-year term. 

Hasina's Awami League now forms its government for straight third five-year term in a row since January 2009 

Hasina took the oath of office about a week after her ruling Bangladesh Awami League party won a landslide victory in the national election marred by violence. 

President Abdul Hamid also swore in 24 cabinet ministers, 19 ministers of state and three deputy ministers at the ceremony at the presidential residence in Dhaka. 

READ MORE: Bangladesh PM Hasina denies vote rigging accusations

Leaders of former PM Khaleda Zia's opposition alliance were absent from the swearing-in ceremony. 

Seven MPs from Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led opposition alliance skipped the oath-taking ceremony of new lawmakers. 

Hasina's Awami League now forms its government for straight third five-year term in a row since January 2009 after ruling the country in 1996-2001. 

The BNP rejected the election results, alleging various irregularities.

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The election was held in free, fair and peaceful manner with the participation of all parties, said Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League.

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