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Forty-five women MPs take oath in Bangladesh parliament

Forty-five women lawmakers, including 36 of ruling Awami League, who were elected to parliament from reserved seats, were sworn in on Sunday.

world Updated: Mar 29, 2009 15:58 IST

Forty-five women lawmakers, including 36 of ruling Awami League, who were elected to parliament from reserved seats, were sworn in on Sunday.

Speaker Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office of the MPs who won their seats reserved for women representatives and were allotted to parties in proportion to their strength.

Thirty-six of the women lawmakers are from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's AL, five belong to the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Khaleda Zia and four of them belong to former president HM Ershad's Jatiya Party, an ally of AL.

The election of women MPs came after the landmark on December 29 general elections which installed the AL government with the majority of three fourth of total number of parliamentarians.

With the election of reserved seats, the new parliament has got two celebrity members -- a folk song artist Momtaj and a film actress Sarah Begum Kabari. Both belong to the ruling party.