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Election

Shirin, Saber Elected to Lead CPA, IPU

Win doesn't mean int'l community accepted polls

BNP yesterday claimed that the election of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury as chairperson and president of CPA and IPU respectively did not mean that the international community had accepted the January 5 polls. “They (voters of the international parliamentary bodies) have expressed their stance independently in all parliamentary associations at international level including Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU),” claimed BNP Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. “They did not take any suggestion from the...

Khaleda to visit 4 dists in Oct, Nov

Khaleda to visit 4 dists in Oct, Nov

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit four districts during the months of October and November to garner public support in favour of the party's demand for an immediate election under a nonparty caretaker system. BNP-led 20-party alliance will arrange four rallies in Nilphamari and Natore on October 23 and 30, the party’s...

Demand for fresh polls internal issue

In a major policy shift, the United States has described the demand for political dialogue to hold a fresh election in Bangladesh as an "internal issue" that needs to be solved by political parties. "I think that [fresh election] is an internal issue which the political parties of Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh will need to resolve… they'll resolve that at some point," said US Ambassador Dan Mozena at a diplomatic talk in the capital yesterday. Mozena called for fresh...

Afghan Unity Deal

Taliban reject new govt as US 'sham'

Afghanistan's Taliban militants yesterday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ghani's administration must now...

Tunisia president declares re-election bid

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. The polls, along with parliamentary elections in October, are seen as the final step in Tunisia's transition after more than two decades under strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was toppled in 2011. The moderate Islamist party Ennahda won Tunisia's first post-Ben Ali election the same year. Marzouki, a fierce opponent of...

Miscreants beat B'baria election officer

Unidentified miscreants severely beat up the election officer of Brahmanbaria this afternoon. Injured Belayet Hossain, the district election officer, was admitted to Brahmanbaria General Hospital with severe head injuries. A group of seven to eight people went to the election office and asked Balayet to enlist some names in the voter list around 1:15pm, said Akul Chandra Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Brahmanbaria Police Station. As the officer asked them to contact the Dhaka headquarters of the election commission since the date of...

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 by rejecting the January 5 polls. “People did not go to election centres to cast their votes in the January 5 polls...

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...

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