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    Record 64 women make it to Bangladesh Parliament

    Dhaka (PTI): A record 64 women, a majority of them from the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League, will sit in Bangladesh's ninth Parliament, elections for which were held on December 29.

    While 45 of the 64 women have been nominated to the Parliament, the election also saw electorate sending an unprecedented 19 women candidates to the National Assembly.

    The nomination come as per a provision in the country's constitution for boosting majority of the fairer sex in the Parliament.

    The 19 victorious women contested from 23 constituencies as Hasina, whose Awami League-led grand alliance registered a landslide win in the polls, and chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Khaleda Zia secured victory in 3 constituencies each.

    Among the female victors, Awami League got the lion share of 16. A total of 82 intending female candidates filed nomination papers for 88 seats to the 9th Parliament which also exceeded previous records of women contenders in terms of numbers.

    Awami League fielded the highest 21 women candidates followed by 18 by BNP but its crucial election ally Jamaat-i-Islami did not nominate any woman candidate though they had two women MPs in the past from reserve seats.

    In the 2001 poll, 13 women won out of 41 women contestants while in 1996 Parliament polls only five women candidates won in 11 seats which included Hasina and Zia. Of the total 81 million voters of Bangladesh, 41 million are women.


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