Sheikh Hasina wins third consecutive term as prime minister

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term and fourth overall with a landslide victory in the nation’s general elections. The results were announced by the Election Commission on December 31, 2018. Hasina’s Awami League won 287 of the 298 seats, while the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) managed just seven seats. This is an unprecedented feat in the country’s political history as no other leader in Bangladesh has been able to win a third consecutive term.

Key Highlights

  • The Election Commission confirmed that Hasina won her Gopalganj-3 seat bagging over 2.29 lakh votes, while her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) opponent got only 123 votes.
  • The ruling coalition has reportedly won more than 80 percent of votes, making it the strongest governments in South Asia.
  • The Grand Alliance-led by the Awami league won as many as 288 seats, while the opposition alliance won less than 10 seats. 
  •  The main opposition party BNP won five seats and the Gano Forum is reported to have won two seats. The remaining four seats were won by Independents.
  • The voting took place in 299 out of 300 seats on December 30. The voting was suspended for one seat due to the death of a candidate.