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New B'desh Gov to take oath next week

world Updated: Jan 01, 2009 12:43 IST
Bangladesh polls

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, who led her grand alliance to a landslide victory in Bangladesh polls, has said the new government would take oath next week.

"We will take oath after getting invitation from the President and I hope it will be within the first week of January," she told reporters after meeting President Iajuddin Ahmed on Tuesday at the Bangabhaban presidential palace.

Bangabhaban sources said the President told Hasina that she could form the government whenever she wanted. He said he would invite her as soon as possible.

Under the constitution, the president is to invite the winning party to form the government after the official gazette notification of the results while Election Commission officials said they were expecting to accomplish the task by later today.

Meanwhile, the mass circulated Prothom Alo newspaper quoted a "highly placed" Awami League source as saying that the new government could be formed on January five.

Hasina's Awami League-led grand alliance bagged three-fourth majority -- 262 seats with AL getting 230 alone -- in the 300-member Parliament while her arch rival Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led four-party grouping received only 32 in its worst poll performance.