Newly elected lawmakers of the 11th parliament were sworn in through a function at Parliament Secretariat on Thursday.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury first took the oath as per the rules of procedure and put signature on the letter of oath.
She then administered oath to the Awami League lawmakers, including prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in the oath room of parliament.
As per the custom, lawmakers of the party having majority take the oath first.
All the seven of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-nominated Jatiya Oikya Front lawmakers-elect, however, refrained from taking the oath after its defeat in December 30 polls marred by widespread fraud and flaws, demanding re-election in all constituencies.
President Md Abdul Hamid, meanwhile, invited ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasina to form the government for the third consecutive term as she gained trust of the majority of members of parliament.
The president gave the invitation when Sheikh Hasina met him at Bangabhaban on Thursday afternoon after Awami League’s absolute victory in the general election, president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin said.
The president was scheduled to administer oath of office to new cabinet members at Bangabhaban at 3:30pm on Monday, he told New Age.
The Awami League-led grand alliance secured 288 seats while JOF, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, bagged only seven seats.
Awami League got 257 seats, Jatiya Party (Ershad) 22, BNP five, Workers Party of Bangladesh three, JSD (Inu), Bikalpa Dhara and Gano Forum two each, Jatiya Party (Monju) one seat and independent candidates got three seats.
Later, the speaker administered oath to other MPs of Jatiya Party (Ershad), Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, Tariqat Federation, Jatiya Party (Manju) and independent.
Parliament Secretariat senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony, beginning with recitation from the holy Quran.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina wearing a pink and ash coloured Jamdani sari entered the Oath Room at 11:03am.
Election Commission on Tuesday published the results of the 11th general elections and issued a gazette notification containing the names and addresses of candidates of 298 constituencies.
The polling was held in 299 seats out of 300 seats on December 30 as the voting in Gaibandha 3 constituency was suspended following the death of a candidate earlier.
The results of Brahmanbaria 2 constituency were also cancelled as voting in three centres of the constituency was suspended.
After taking oath, the lawmakers put signatures on the letter of oath.
As per the law, if any lawmaker-elect refrains from taking oath within 90 days after the beginning of the first session or refrains from informing the speaker, his/her membership will be cancelled.
There is a constitutional obligation to take oath within three days after the publication of the gazette of the polls results.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a briefing on Monday said that they would not take oath as the national elections were not held in a free, fair and credible manner.
Replying to a query, Fakhrul, elected from Bogura-6 despite, said that his party rejected the election results and demanded immediate fresh election under a caretaker government.
Chief election commissioner KH Nurul Huda brushed aside the demand, terming the election as a credible one.
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Awami League presidium member Syed Ashraful Islam did not take oath on Thursday on health ground.