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Jatiyo Sangshad (Bangla: জাতীয় সংসদ Jatio Shôngshod) or National Assembly is the national parliament of Bangladesh. The current parliament of Bangladesh contains 345 seats including 45 women reserved seats distributed on elected party position in the parliament, the occupants of which are called Members of Parliament or MPs. The last 9th National Parliamentary Election was held on December 29, 2008 and, under normal conditions, elections are called every five years.

The leader of the party (or alliance of parties) holding the majority of seats is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and so the head of the government. The President of Bangladesh, who is the ceremonial head of state, is chosen by Parliament.

The parliament itself is housed in the Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (জাতীয় সংসদ ভবন Jatio Shôngshod Bhôbon) designed by Louis Kahn.

The current majority party is the Bangladesh Awami League.

2008 (9th) Parliamentary Election result

e • d  Summary of the 29 December 2008 Bangladeshi Jatiyo Sangshad election
Alliance Party Votes % Seats Change
Grand Alliance Bangladesh Awami League 230 +168
Jatiya Party 27 +16
Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal 3 +2
Workers Party of Bangladesh 2 +1
Liberal Democratic Party 1 ±0
Four Party Alliance Bangladesh Nationalist Party 29 –164
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh 2 –15
Bangladesh Jatiya Party-BJP 1 –4
Independents 4 –2
Vacant 1
Total 299
Source: Electoral Commission of Bangladesh seat-wise tally Election commission homepage

*Election in one constituency was postponed due to the death of one of the candidates prior to the election date.

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