The president opened the dialogue on Monday with Jatiya Party (JaPa), the main opposition in parliament.

The eight-member JaPa delegation was led by its chairman GM Quader.

Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) has been invited to hold the dialogue at 4:00pm on 26 December while Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will meet the president at 6:00pm the same day, Abedin said.

Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Khelafat Majlish will participate in the discussion at 4:00pm and 6:00pm on 27 December respectively while Bangladesh Workers' Party is scheduled to join on 28 December at 4:00pm.

On 29 December, Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) was invited to hold the dialogue at 4:00pm while Islami Oikya Jote will exchange their views with the president at 6:00pm on the same day.

Now there are 39 registered political parties, according to the EC website. But only nine parties have representation in parliament.

The nine parties are Bangladesh Awami League, Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Bangladesh Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-Jasod, Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Ganoforum, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Jatiya Party-JP.

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