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Bangladesh opposition calls fresh 48-hour strike demanding cancellation of elections

English.news.cn   2014-01-05 20:57:27            

DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Less than an hour after the parliament elections concluded amid wide spread violence, Bangladesh's main opposition has called a nationwide 48-hour strike from Monday morning demanding cancellation of Sunday's general polls.

Osman Faruq, a spokesperson for Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP), announced the strike at a press briefing, saying the strike also aimed at protesting "death of 21 opposition men on Sunday."

Faruq termed the parliament elections as a "farce" .

He said the ongoing nationwide blockade of rail, roads and waterways will continue alongside the shutdown.

Some 21 opposition parties including ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's BNP boycotted the elections over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's refusal to introduce a non-party interim government to oversee the elections.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP acting secretary general, in a statement Sunday said Bangladesh people have said no to the "one- sided" parliamentary election.

But Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League party has expressed satisfaction over voter turnout during the parliamentary election.


Bangladesh vote begins despite opposition boycott

DHAKA,Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Polling stations in Bangladesh opened Sunday morning for controversial parliament elections boycotted by the main opposition party which enforced non-stop countrywide strike and blockade.

About 18,000 polling stations set in schools and other public buildings opened at 8:00 a.m. local time and would last till 4 p.m. . Full story

Violence leaves 5 including polling official dead, dozens injured

DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- A polling official and four opposition supporters were killed in poll violence in a number of Bangladesh districts on Sunday morning, sources said.

They said Jobaidur Rahman, 45, assistant presiding officer of a polling center in northwestern Thakurgaon district, was killed by unidentified miscreants hours before the start of the elections boycotted by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 17 allies. Full story

Bangladesh opposition calls 48-hour strike urging people to refrain from casting ballots

DHAKA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's main opposition on Friday called a nationwide 48-hour strike form Saturday morning demanding cancellation of Jan. 5 general elections.

Osman Faruq, a spokesperson for Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), announced the strike at a press briefing, saying the strike is also aimed at protesting confinement of the party chief Khaleda Zia. Full story

Backgrounder: Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh since independence

DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Mired in controversy, Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary election is being held for 147 out of 300 seats in 59 out of 64 districts of the country.

A total of 153 candidates have already been elected unopposed amid boycott by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 17 allies which demanded polls under a non-party caretaker government system canceled through the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution in 2011. Full story

Editor: Shen Qing
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