South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The Ninth session of the Ninth Parliament which commenced on 22nd May 2011 was prorogued on July 7 after 30 working days. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies abstained from the House throughout the session. They boycotted on grounds of not having a ‘congenial atmosphere’ to join the Parliament. Until the Ninth session, BNP attended the Parliament for only 51 days out of 237working days.  It is widely agreed that  Parliamentary Democracy is hampered due to the lack of participation of the main opposition in the National Parliament.

Apart from adopting the budget for 2011-2012 fiscal, the session passed 8 government bills, including the much-talked Constitution (15th amendment) Act, 2011 that marked a constitutional regime change.
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