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Bangladesh Cabinet Members Sworn In


Five members of Bangladesh's new interim Cabinet have been sworn in, with other interim Cabinet members to be appointed in the coming days.

The oath taking ceremony at the presidential palace Saturday came a day after interim leader Fakruddin Ahmed was sworn in.

President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned as interim leader Thursday as he declared a state of emergency and postponed the January 22nd elections. Iajuddin Ahmed retains power as head of state.

The moves are aimed at ending months of crippling protests organized by a coalition of opposition parties led by the Awami League. More than 40 people were killed in the violence.

The head of the Awami League (Secretary-General Abdul Jalil) said his party will suspend the protests and cooperate with the new interim government, if its demands are met.

The Awami League wants a revision of the voter list, which it says contains 14 million fake names, and it wants a revamping of the election commission to ensure that it is neutral.

The opposition alliance accused the caretaker government and electoral commission of rigging the polls in favor of the former ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

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