The 38 members of the opposition Awami League walked out of the opening of the Bangladesh Parliament in Dacca on Monday (15 February).
1. GV EXTERIOR Parliament building in Dacca 0.08
2. GV PAN INTERIOR Seated members of parliament 0.19
3. GV Opposition Awami League MPs waving arms and walking out in protest (3 shots) 0.35
4. SV Prime Minister Mr. Shah Azizur Rahman speaking 0.48
5. SV President Abdus Sattar walking on to platform 0.53
6. SCU President and Speaker, Mr. Mirza Gholam Hafiz, standing listening to national anthem 1.00
7. GV Delegates listening to President's address (7 shots) 1.28
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The 38 members of the opposition Awami League walked out of the opening of the Bangladesh Parliament in Dacca on Monday (15 February). They were protesting against alleged ballot-rigging in the elections which brought President Abdus Sattar to power in November 1981, and against the execution without public trial of 12 army officers implicated in an army mutiny in which his predecessor President Siaur Rahman was killed. Members of the ruling Bangladesh National Party had also threatened to boycott the session, until President Sattar promised to restore to its former 42 members the 18-member cabinet he named last week. The president had justified his action on account of inefficiency and dishonesty in the previous cabinet.
Source: ATIQUL ALAM