Opposition to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections
Dhaka (AsiaNews) – After weeks of strikes and demonstrations,
In a news conference in
Ms Hasina, a former prime minister, said Mr Ahmed could stay as president, but that he should resign as head of the caretaker government.
The Awami League and its allies have called for a transport blockade throughout the country on January 7 and 8 to demand electoral reforms.
Awami League and its allies
The Awami League led the
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the nation, was its first president and ruled from 1971 till 1975 when he and almost his entire family were murdered. His daughter Sheikh Hasina, who was abroad at the time, survived. She now leads the Awami League and served as prime minister from 1996 to 2001.
Smaller parties within the alliance range from the political centre to the extreme Communist left; some of them are Islamic moderates.
A few weeks ago, a group of some 40 BNP MPs and ministers left the party alleging corruption and violations of democratic principles and founded the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Although not part of the Awami League-led alliance, it supports the latter’s main requests and struggles at this point in time.