» 04/28/2010, 00.00
Government suspends Channel 1, a TV station close to the opposition
For Bangladesh’s Telecommunications minister, the channel was at fault for “violating rules”. No political consideration went into the decision. A controversial businessman close to former PM Zia’s eldest son owns the station. Human rights activists fear for press freedom in the country.
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.
Opposition "besieges" Dhaka, more than 500 people hurt
Opposition parties take to the streets demanding new electoral law and expulsion of Islamic fundamentalists from government, threatening to boycott upcoming elections. Prime Minister orders preventive arrests and deploys 18,000 policemen and paramilitary forces.
Nationalist party activists clash with police
Opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia is expelled from her home, sparking protests in the capital and elsewhere. Dozens of people are injured. The former prime minister had been living in the house for the past 30 years.
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.
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.
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