South Asia

Bangladesh parliament begins session

The first session of Bangladesh’s 10th parliament began its first session on Wednesday evening with MPs of the Jatiya Party playing both the Treasury and the Opposition.

The new parliament, which was elected through the Jan. 5 election, has no representation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by Khaleda Zia – for the first time in more than two decades. The BNP and its main ally Jamaat-e-Islami had boycotted the election and tried to disrupt it violently.

Alongside 31 Jatiya Party MPs, 15 independent members also sat on the opposition benches. The treasury bench consisted of MPs belonging to the Awami League, Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Jatiya Party-Manju and three lawmakers of the Jatiya Party.

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