Sheikh Hasina, head of the Awami League, has been named Prime Minister again. This is her fourth straight term in office after winning a landslide victory in Bangladesh’s 12th national parliamentary elections. This sets a global precedent because Sheikh Hasina is the first woman in the world to be in charge of a government for 25 years.
The votes took place on January 7th, and the Awami League won 222 of the 298 seats, giving them a large majority. There were 62 seats won by independent candidates, 11 seats won by the Jatiya Party, and 3 seats won by other parties.
They were sworn in as the 12th Parliament on January 10th, along with Sheikh Hasina and the 298 new members. It was then that the president made her Prime Minister. Because she won the election and is well-liked in Parliament, Sheikh Hasina will be in charge until 2028.
Sheikh Hasina was in charge of the country until 2001 after she won the election in 1996. Even though she lost the 8th National Parliament election on October 1, 2001, she won the 9th National Parliament election on December 29, 2008. That was 15 years ago, and she has been in charge ever since, winning both the 2014 and 2018 elections. With this latest win in the 2024 polls, Sheikh Hasina will have been in charge for twenty years in a row.