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Violence overshadowed the parliamentary election

The party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has apparently won the parliamentary election in Bangladesh. Of TV channels Channel 24 reported, based on nationwide votes Counted, the Awami League and its allies had won 191 of 300 seats in Parliament.

Until the closing of the polling stations on Sunday night at least 17 people were killed, most of them in clashes between rival supporters of the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP). The BNP led opposition coalition has complained about election fraud and demanded new elections.

The election was held under the strictest security measures since the campaign of violence was overshadowed. Around 600'000 members of the security forces were deployed across the country, even in the 40'000 members of the local.

The hostility between the Awami League and BNP have been experiencing for many years the policy of the arms 165-million-inhabitant country in South Asia.

According to police, 13 people were killed in clashes between supporters of Awami League and BNP. Three more people shot and killed by the police – one of them had tried, according to the, to steal a ballot box. In the city of Bashkhali police shot at opposition supporters, tried to storm a polling station. According to police sources, was killed by supporters in addition, an auxiliary policeman from the opposition.

In the case of clashes between supporters of the government and the Opposition had been killed in the past weeks already 13 people and thousands of injured.

thousands of members of the opposition party

According to the Opposition have been taken since the announcement of the election in November, more than 15'000 opponents of the government. Also leader of the opposition, Khaleda Zia of the BNP is due to corruption allegations in custody.

Zia and Hasina to maintain a bitter enmity, which has paralysed the country politically. For more than 25 years, the two women took turns at the head of government. In the past few years, Hasina had the upper hand, they ruled since 2009. After the election, the 71-year-old Hasina, the daughter of the first Bangladeshi heads of state, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in front of your third term in a row – and their fourth overall. The official result was expected for Monday.

Hasina will be held for the benefit of, that she has taken to boost economic growth and hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar.

Solid economic growth – low wages

Recently, the gross domestic product grew by 7.8 percent. The backbone of the economy, the clothing industry, whose exports amounted in the past fiscal year to almost 31 billion dollars. The workers in the industry are calling for a higher minimum wage.

critics accuse her of keeping with an authoritarian style of government, restrictions on press freedom and freedom of expression as well as suppression of the Opposition in Power. You hold against it is also hard dealing with this year's week-long student protests.

The Parliament election 2014 was boycotted by the Opposition, because she was afraid of fakes. This time she took part in the vote, but complained of fraud in massive disabilities and choice.

A BNP spokesman said there had been seats in the awarding of 221 of the 300 Parliament of "irregularities". Voters had been prevented from entering the polling booths. Especially women had been forced to vote for the Awami League.

Opposition declared the result null and void

The BNP's lead candidate Kamal Hossain rejected the election result. "We urge the election Commission to explain this ridiculous result immediately null and void," said the leader of the opposition. He demanded, as soon as possible a new vote, under the supervision of a "neutral government".

the BNP allies of Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, announced the results of the election not to recognize. A spokesman for the electoral Commission said there had been "some" complaints of irregularities, which would now be examined.


Created: 30.12.2018, at 22:41

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