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Jatiya Sangsad

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The Jatiya Sangsad (Bengali: জাতীয় সংসদ, romanized: Jatiyô Sôngsôd, lit.'National Parliament'), often referred to simply as the Sangsad or JS and also known as the House of the Nation,[2] is the supreme legislative body of Bangladesh. The current parliament of Bangladesh contains 350[2] seats, including 50 seats reserved exclusively for women. Elected occupants are called Member of Parliament, or MP. The 11th National Parliamentary Election was held on 30 December 2018. Elections to the body are held every five years, unless a parliament is dissolved earlier by the President of Bangladesh.[3]

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Jatiya Sangsad

জাতীয় সংসদ
House of the Nation[1]
11th Sangsad
Coat of arms or logo
Emblem of the Sangsad
Flag of the Jatiya Sangsad
Standard of the Sangsad
Term limits
5 years
Founded7 March 1973 (50 years ago) (1973-03-07)
Preceded byConstituent Assembly of Bangladesh
New session started
30 January 2019
(Oath taken on 3 January 2019)
Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, AL
since 30 April 2013
Deputy Speaker
Shamsul Haque Tuku, AL
since 28 August 2022
Sheikh Hasina, AL
since 6 January 2009
Deputy Leader of the House
Matia Chowdhury, AL
since 10 January 2023
Raushan Ershad, JaPa
since 14 July 2019
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Ghulam Muhammed Quader, JaPa
since 9 January 2019
Seats350 (1 vacant)
Political groups
Government (304)
  •   AL (304)


Opposition (31) Main opposition (27)

Other opposition (4)

Others (4)

  •   Independent (4)
First past the post for 300 elected, 50 seats reserved for women allocated using proportional representation by the elected members
Last election
30 December 2018
Next election
January 2024
Meeting place
Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban,
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka,

The leader of the party (or alliance of parties) holding the majority of seats becomes the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and so the head of the government. The President of Bangladesh, the ceremonial head of state, is chosen by Parliament. Since the December 2008 national election, the current majority party is the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina.