Sheikh Hasina's Awami League won a massive majority in the 300-seat Parliament. Unofficial results said that the Awami League had won 255 seats. Only 32 seats had gone to Begum Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Mrs Hasina's bitterest rival.
The Mohajot (Grand Coalition) alliance practically demolished its rivals, the centre-right Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist ally the Jamaat-e-Islami. All top leaders of the Jamaat lost their seats.
The sheer scale of the Awami League's victory has left people searching for an explanation. Even the party's leaders appear to be taking a pause for thought.
"The Awami League was seen as an unfashionable, rather rustic party in the 1980s," said Muzammil Hussain, deputy editor of the daily Samakal. "But the party's manifesto this time as well as its campaign strategy had touches of modernity which appealed to the young."