» 12/29/2008, 00.00
Elections begin in Bangladesh amid tight security
At least 50,000 soldiers and 600,000 policemen are deployed to secure polling stations. Local and foreign observers are monitoring the process. Peace and stability are needed to attract foreign investments.
Still disagreement over electoral reform in Bangladesh
A caretaker government should take over on October 28 and run the country till the January 2007 elections. But the ruling party and the opposition alliance are still at loggerheads over who shall head the interim administration. Awami League is urging the population to take to the streets in protest.
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.
Some 80 million voters to cast their ballot in parliamentary elections on 18 December
The country’s Election Commission yesterday announced the date of the election. The two main parties want guarantees for a free and fair election and an end to the state of emergency. The names of candidates and lists must be in by 13 November.
Ex-Bangladesh PM charged in killings
Caretaker government’s law enforcement drive reaches Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina. The country’s powerful army is bent on wiping the slate clean of the major political parties with tacit Indian and US support.
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.
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