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Bangladeshi President Sworn In as Head of Interim Government

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Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed has been sworn in to head an interim government, until national elections in January, in a bid to end political violence that killed 22 people.

Diplomats and senior officials attended Sunday's ceremony at the presidential palace in Dhaka, but the opposition Awami League stayed away.

The opposition expressed disappointment with the decision and said they would continue to press for electoral reforms.

The stalemate began Friday, when former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia stepped down at the end of her government's five-year term.

A government candidate retired Supreme Court Justice K. M. Hasan declined the post after widespread erupted riots over his appointment. Protesters said he was biased.

The caretaker government system aims to prevent ruling parties from rigging polls by appointing a neutral body to oversee them. More on this by our Dhaka stringer, Zahurul Alam.

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