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Election in Bangladesh: the incumbent before the controversial victory

First results confirm the predictions: In the national elections in Bangladesh, it looks after a victory of Prime Minister Hasina. The Opposition is calling for a new vote.

the counting of The ballot papers in Bangladesh is not yet complete, but preliminary results suggest it is already a victory of the government party, the Awami League of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Everything will go its course, says the head of a polling station in the capital, Dhaka.

But so it was everywhere: In the course of the days of numerous complaints about alleged electoral fraud during the state election Commission. Bangladesh's Opposition demands new elections under a neutral caretaker government.

vote of violence overshadowed

voters were detained, according to reports, on Entering the polling stations, others were allegedly told that their ballots were already filled out. More than three dozen opposition candidates withdrew, apparently your application on the ground that the circumstances of the election were neither free nor fair.

And also on election day, delivered to supporters of the government and the Opposition again bloody conflicts. Of 700,000 security forces had been turned off, in order to ensure security on election day. Nevertheless, counterparties and went at it with knives and batons to each other, laid fires and detonated bombs. At least 17 people were killed, many more injured.

opposition candidate in prison

especially the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the opposition Alliance is leading, was already in the election campaign, massive intimidation have been exposed to by supporters of the ruling party and state organs. Some candidates did not dare to open the election campaign.

Prime Minister Hasina, already spoke of a "crushing victory for the government". It was, therefore, considered the favorite, because her rival Khaleda Zia of the BNP is in prison and will not, therefore, a choice was allowed to compete.

Economic recovery in authoritarian course

Since the Awami League in 2009, returned to Power, has experienced Bangladesh a significant economic upturn, many people Hasina crediting. Hasina gave the poor and elderly, social services, says Baker, her government had cancelled the fees for schools and universities and roads and bridges built.

Other Bangladeshis wanted to punish the head of government for their increasingly authoritarian course. Many of the missing, however, is a real Alternative to the Awami League, in particular, non-Muslim minorities, conservative, BNP and its Islamist allies with a degree of skepticism.

Opposition demands new election in Bangladesh
Sabina Matthay, ARD New Delhi
30.12.2018 16:33 PM

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