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11th parliament goes into 1st session Wednesday

11th parliament goes into 1st session Wednesday

The maiden session of the 11th parliament will begin on Wednesday (Jan 30), within 31 days of the national election held on Dec 30 with participation of all the registered political parties.

President Md. Abdul Hamid convened the session on Jan 9 exercising his power bestowed upon him by article 72 (1) of the Constitution. It will also be the first session of the New Year, which will start at 3 p.m. on the day, local media reports said.

The five-year tenure of the 10th parliament expired on Monday (Jan 28) as its first sitting was held on Jan 29, 2014 after the 10th general election held on Jan 5, 2014.

Bangladesh Awami League won an absolute majority bagging 258 seats in the recent election.

Jatiyo Party secured 22 seats, and will act as the main opposition in parliament. The party has already announced that its chairman HM Ershad will be the opposition leader in parliament while his brother and party cochairman GM Quader deputy opposition leader.

Though Bangladesh Nationalist Party - BNP and its alliance partners joined the election, the party bagged only six seats while its alliance partner Gano Forum two seats.

However, the Jatiyo Oikyafront MPs still did not take the oath of office.

On Jan 7, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina along with her 46 cabinet members took oath following her party’s massive victory in the 11th national election. Apart from the Prime Minister, there are 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet.

Of the 47-member cabinet, 27 are new faces who are picked in a bid to infuse dynamism into the cabinet activities to implement the election manifesto the ruling party placed before the nation.

Unlike the previous government, no one out of Awami League was inducted in the cabinet.

At the beginning of the session, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House are supposed to be elected and they will be sworn in by the President.

During her election campaign in Rangpur, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hinted at reelecting current Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Meanwhile, it is still not clear who is going to be elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House.

As per the convention, the President will first address the session and the MPs will address on his speech all over the session.