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Election

Govt to be forced to hold polls: Khaleda

Govt to be forced to hold polls: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today said the BNP-led 20-party alliance would force the Sheikh Hasina government to hold a fresh national election under a non-party administration through massive movement after Eid. The BNP chief said this at an Iftar programme at a city hotel. National Democratic Party, a component in the 20-party alliance, organised the programme in honour of politicians. In her brief speech, Khaleda, also chief of the alliance, said people are ready to wage movement against the government as they have expressed their no confidence in the Hasina administration...

Hold talks or face dire consequence: Khaleda

Hold talks or face dire consequence: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today warned the government of “dire consequences” if it does not sit for a dialogue immediately to create a congenial atmosphere for a fresh election. Khaleda also hoped that the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s tougher movement after Eid-ul-Fitr will unseat Sheikh Hasina government. “Still there is time. I will urge the government...

10 hurt in Sramik Dal infighing in capital

At least 10 leaders and activists of Sramik Dal, the labour wing of BNP, were injured in a clash between two factions of the organisation centering election of its Dhaka South chapter. The clash ensued immediate after the announcement of the election result around 5:00pm in which Amir Khashru and Mahbubul Alam were elected as president and general secretary respectively, BNP central office sources said. The activists loyal to the defeated candidates Suman Bhuiyan and Sabuj Mia launched a blistering attack...

Thai army promises elections in 2015

Thai army promises elections in 2015

Thailand's military leader has promised a return to democracy but says elections will only take place after October 2015. Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said in a speech that an interim constitution would be adopted next month. A temporary cabinet would then govern until elections next year. The military seized power on 22 May, saying it wanted to...

N'ganj-5 By-Election

Independent candidate, civil society fear rigging

Independent candidate, civil society fear rigging

Independent candidate in Narayanganj-5 by-election SM Akram, along with some civil society members and politicians supporting him, yesterday expressed fear that Jatiya Party candidate Selim Osman might try to capture polling stations and rig votes. They urged the government, law enforcers, and the Election Commission (EC) to play a neutral role for holding a...

N'ganj-5 By-poll

Law enforcers fear violence

Law enforcers and officials of intelligence agencies fear that the upcoming Narayanganj-5 by-election may witness violence, as they think the zone is sensitive. Muscle power, black money and local political complexities present in Narayanganj make the zone sensitive, EC officials told The Daily Star. They expressed their fear at a meeting, on law and order situation ahead of the by-polls, convened by the Election Commission (EC) at its conference room in the capital yesterday. Officials of the EC, home ministry, police, Rab,...

Muktijoddha Sangsad Polls

Bought out!

Bought out!

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a welfare organisation for Liberation War heroes, now has fake freedom fighters and even a war crimes suspect in its central command council. Mahbubul Haque Chisty alias Babul Chisty, accused of killing a freedom fighter in 1971 and allegedly a member of the notorious auxiliary force Al-Badr, has been elected secretariat member of the council.   As if that were not enough, Wahidur Rahman and SM Mortuja Hossain, who have no record of recognition as freedom fighters, have been elected vice-chairmen. They allegedly managed false certificates of war heroes to get into the organisation and run for the posts.   With a total of 1,52,078 voters across the country,...

Syrians vote in presidential election

Syrians vote in presidential election

Voting is under way in Syria's presidential election amid heightened security. The poll takes place three years into a civil war in which tens of thousands of people have died and millions more are displaced. President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office. However, critics of the Syrian government have...

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

European elections reach their culmination on "Super Sunday" when the remaining 20 of the EU's 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left. Germany, France, Spain and Poland are among the major EU member states...

Ukrainians vote in presidential elections

Ukrainians vote in presidential elections

Ukrainians are going to the polls to vote in a new president after months of unrest following the ousting of former President Viktor Yanukovych. Eighteen candidates are competing in the contest, which is widely seen as a crucial moment to unite the country. But pro-Russian separatists in the east who oppose the election have threatened...

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