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Bangladesh's new parliament to hold 1st session on Jan. 25
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22:02, January 08, 2009

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Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed has summoned the country's new parliament to hold its first session on Jan. 25, said an official handout on Thursday.

The country's ninth parliament, formed through parliamentary elections held on Dec. 29, 2008, will elect the country's new President, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker in its first session.

Ruling party Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already named the party's senior leader Zillur Rahman for the office of the President.

Since Awami League has got 230 seats, more than two-third majority in 300-member parliament, Rahman will be elected the President.

Incumbent President Iajuddin elected by former ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has already completed his five-year term. According to Bangladesh Constitution, Iajuddin will hold the presidency until a new President is elected.

The last parliament was dissolved in October 2006 on completion of its five-year term. The country's ninth parliamentary elections, originally scheduled in January 2007, were postponed following violent disputes over electoral issues between major parties.

Source: Xinhua

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