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Bangladesh opposition chief forced to wait for trial decision

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday, with a court postponing a decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her jailed for life if convicted. The former two-time premier lodged a last-minute legal bid to try to stop the trial which had been scheduled to start on Monday, after she was indicted on charges of embezzling more than $650,000.

Bangladesh opposition says 300 men killed, disappeared in a month

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The head of Bangladesh's largest opposition party, the BNP, accused the government on Tuesday of being involved in the killing or disappearance of more than 300 activists around the time of the country's election. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party boycotted the violence-plagued vote on January 5 that was won by the ruling Awami League - its great rivals which the BNP has alternated power with over the decades.

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh's prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath at the presidential palace in the capital in a ceremony broadcast live on television channels, one week after the polls condemned by the opposition as a farce.

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh's prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis. President Abdul Hamid led the oath at the presidential palace in the capital Dhaka in a ceremony broadcast live on television channels, one week after the polls which were condemned by the opposition as a farce.

New Bangladesh government to be sworn in after disputed polls

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's new government is set to be sworn in on Sunday, a week after the ruling party won a violence-plagued election that the opposition boycotted and amid growing international calls for a fresh and inclusive polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested parliament

Bangladesh's newly-elected lawmakers took their parliamentary oath on Thursday after an election condemned by critics as a farce and with feuding political leaders still locked in a deadly confrontation. Led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, members of parliament from the ruling Awami League and lawmakers from her allies were sworn in, parliament's spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP. "Of the 300 lawmakers, 284 have taken the oath today. Others will be sworn in later," Abedin said.

Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested parliament

Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers took their parliamentary oath on Thursday after an election condemned by critics as a farce and with feuding political leaders still locked in a deadly confrontation. Led by current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, members of parliament from the ruling Awami League and lawmakers from her allies were sworn in, parliament's spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP. "Only a few MPs could not take the oath in time. They'll be sworn in later today," Abedin said.

Deadlocked Bangladesh swears in contested parliament

Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers took the parliamentary oath on Thursday after an election condemned as a farce by critics, with the country's battling political leaders still locked in a deadly confrontation. Led by Sheikh Hasina, the current prime minister, members of parliament from the ruling Awami League and lawmakers from her allies were sworn in, parliament's spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP. "The speaker of the outgoing parliament administered the swearing-in. Only a few MPs could not take the oath in time. They'll be sworn in later today," Abedin said.

Pressure mounts on Bangladesh PM after walkover re-election

Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of "murdering democracy" as her arch rival faced growing calls Tuesday to hold fresh polls after a walkover election. The United States led international pressure for a swift re-run that would include all the major parties, brushing aside Hasina's insistence that a boycott by Zia's opposition did not undermine her legitimacy.

Pressure mounts on Bangladesh PM after walkover re-election

Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of "murdering democracy" as her arch rival faced growing calls Tuesday to hold fresh polls after a walkover election. The United States led international pressure for a swift re-run that would include all the major parties, brushing aside Hasina's insistence that a boycott by Zia's opposition did not undermine her legitimacy.
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