Article 70 of the Constitution of Bangladesh

Bangladesh's parliament is described as a rubber stamp body because of Article 70, as MPs cannot cross the floor or have conscience votes.
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Article 70 of the Constitution of Bangladesh is a controversial clause restricting voting freedom in the Parliament of Bangladesh, written in the country's constitution.


Article 70 was made as a result of the Bangladesh Constituent Assembly (Cessation of Membership) Order 1972,[1] promulgated by President Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury. The president acted on the advice of Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The prime minister was annoyed when a lawmaker from his own party, K. M. Obaidur Rahman, raised a question in the Constituent Assembly of Bangladesh, as to why the assembly had no law making powers. Under the interim constitution in 1972, law making powers resided with the executive branch.[2]