VIDEO: [Gary Todd] Opening a prayer meeting with a song of worship in Bangladesh. [Mar. 7, 2018]
As soon as her victory was confirmed yesterday, the news spread across the country and Christians sent their congratulations. Speaking to AsiaNews, the new Member of Parliament said that this “Victory is not only mine, but of the whole Christian community. I thank God for choosing me to serve the needy.”
Ms Jharna Sarker is the first Christian woman to be elected to Parliament since Bangladesh gained independence 47 years ago.
Before her, only two men were elected to parliament. Promode Mankin, a Catholic, was an MP between 2009 and 2014 as well as Social Affairs minister between 2009 and 2012. His son, Jewel Areng, was elected for the first time in 2016 in a by-election and re-elected in last December’s general election.
Ms Jharna Sarker was endorsed by Card Patrick D’Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka and Bangladesh’s first cardinal. For this reason, she is grateful to “Pope Francis and Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario for their blessings, and that is why today I am here.”
The new MP is a member of the Awami League of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose party won the election of 30 December 2018. Her party took 43 seats (out of 50) reserved for women in the National Parliament (Jatiya Sangsad).
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