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President Abdul Hamid has asked Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina to form her new government.


Hamid gave the official approval during their meeting at the Bangabhaban on Thursday, Joynal Abedin, the president s press secretary, told bdnews24.com.

Hasina is embarking on a third-consecutive term in power after securing an absolute majority in the 11th national election on Sunday.

On Thursday morning, she took oath of office in a ceremony and was chosen as the leader of the House for the fourth time.

The ruling Awami League and its close allies with the boat symbol have swept the results of the 11th national election held on Sunday, securing 267 seats.

The main opposition alliance, the Jatiya Oikya Front which includes the BNP, rejected the election results citing “widespread rigging and other irregularities”. The alliance leaders stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony, despite winning seven seats in Sunday s election.

Hasina arrived at the Bangabhaban to meet President Hamid around 4:30pm. She last visited the presidential palace to take part in celebrations for Bangladesh s Victory Day.

Hasina is set to retain the position of prime minister. According to the constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president. He will also conduct the swearing-in ceremony of cabinet members.

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