» 05/13/2008, 00.00
Doubts remain in Dhaka over elections under a state or emergency
After postponing elections for more than a year, the provisional government announces elections for the third week of December. But the announcement does not mention whether after 16 months the state of emergency will be lifted or not. Discussions with the main parties are bound to be difficult.
Leader of largest Islamic party arrested on corruption charges
Nizami, a religious leader who heads the Jamaat-e-Islami, was a minister in Khaleda Zia’s cabinet. His is the latest arrest among the country’s political elite and main political players.
State of emergency lifted to pave the way for elections in Bangladesh
Vote is scheduled for 29 December. The two former women prime ministers, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, begin their campaign. Both were jailed for corruption but are now free. Army action raises doubts.
National state of emergency is imposed, elections postponed, but it all seems a contrived manoeuvre
President Iajuddin quits as head of caretaker government and delays elections as the opposition demanded. Tensions remain high though as the UN ends its support to the electoral process. For some analysts a creeping coup d’État is underway.
Elections not likely before six months
The government announces plans to revise voters’ list; it expects the process to last six months. Meanwhile police arrest 2,000 people under the state of emergency regulations, including many Awami League members.
Awami Leagues sweeps to victory in local elections
Early projections indicate a victory by the party of former Prime Minister Hasina in all four city corporations and eight municipalities out of nine. Voting went well and without incidents despite the state of emergency in place across the country.
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