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Former Bangladesh dictator HM Ershad takes oath as lawmaker

Dhaka: Former Bangladeshi military ruler H.M. Ershad, whose Jatiya Party is a key ally of the ruling Awami League, took oath on Saturday as a lawmaker despite his earlier decision to boycott the general election.His
PTI January 11, 2014 17:15 IST
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Dhaka: Former Bangladeshi military ruler H.M. Ershad, whose Jatiya Party is a key ally of the ruling Awami League, took oath on Saturday as a lawmaker despite his earlier decision to boycott the general election.

His earlier decision had triggered speculation that Ershad might not serve as a lawmaker despite his election from a seat in Rangpur, and his wife Raushan may head the party in parliament.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath to the 83-year-old Jatiya Party chairman just past midday.

Ershad has played flip-flop before the January 5 polls, first agreeing to contest them and then saying he was boycotting them a day after submitting his nomination papers.

In a dramatic episode before the polls, the former dictator-turned-politician was brought to the military hospital for “treatment.”

He has been in the military hospital since December 12.

The Election Commission had declined to accept his plea, sent from hospital, to withdraw his candidature.