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Court ruling jeopardises Egypt parliamentary elections

Court ruling jeopardises Egypt parliamentary elections

Egypt's Supreme Court has ruled part of an election law unconstitutional, possibly delaying parliamentary polls which begin this month. The ruling referred to sections of the law on division of electoral districts. Egypt has been without its main parliament chamber since 2012 when it was dissolved by a court ruling. The elections are the final step...

Politics in Bangladesh

Comprehensive concept of inclusive polls can end crisis

A member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights has said Bangladesh can overcome the current crisis through a comprehensive concept for having an inclusive, participatory and democratic approach which allows people to participate in the elections. “Potential new elections would need to bring in new faces and new people. Only then may things begin to change,” Josef Weidenholzer said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle. About Bangladesh's situation, Weidenholzer, who along with two other European Members of Parliament...

Grameen Bank comes under state oversight

Grameen Bank has virtually come under full state oversight for the first time in its 33-year history, after the current board's tenure expired on Sunday and the government failed to hold elections to select its successor. “The board is defunct now. It does not exist,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith told reporters yesterday at his secretariat. The Grameen Bank board is comprised of nine borrower-directors, who are elected every three years, and three government-nominated directors, one of whom serves as the chairman. As...

Ctg city polls ‘likely in June’

Ctg city polls ‘likely in June’

Elections to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) are likely to be held in the middle of next June, said Election Commission Secretary Sirajul Islam today. "We have plans to hold the election by June 15. We think the second week of that month is the suitable time for the polls," he told reporters at his office in the capital's EC Secretariat. The tenure of the CCC office bearers will expire on July 26. As per electoral laws, the polls must be held any day during 180 days before the expiry of the tenure, said EC officials. Talking about the long overdue elections to the bifurcated Dhaka city corporations, the secretary said the...

Arvind Kejriwal's party routs BJP

Arvind Kejriwal's party routs BJP

An anti-corruption party has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP admitted defeat after Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 67 of the 70 assembly seats. Modi congratulated the AAP leader, whose career seemed doomed a year ago when he...

Leading citizens to meet Hamid

A number of civil society members yesterday called for a national dialogue to end the ongoing political crisis, pledging to work towards a permanent fix for the unhealthy cycle of political violence centring elections. “We will meet the president soon to press for a dialogue,” former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda, told this correspondent after attending a round-table discussion “National Dialogue in National Crisis” under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Process. From a list of 25, four to five civil...

Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Sri Lanka's new president yesterday announced fresh parliamentary elections two years ahead of schedule and told his new cabinet that the vote would be conducted in 100 days. Maithripala Sirisena told his new cabinet of 27 ministers inducted yesterday to prepare for a snap election that would be held after he has implemented his...

Democracy, elections and misuse of trust

Democracy, elections and misuse of trust

OVER the last few days my thoughts have kept wandering back to George Orwell's 1984. I took this opportunity to refresh my memory of this classic dystopian novel. 1984 is about totalitarianism, which tries to control every aspect of people's lives, including people's thought process and what they believe, even privately. 1984 is...

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Millions of Sri Lankans are voting in an unexpectedly close election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against one of his former allies. Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, called the election two years early with analysts predicting an easy win. But many voters have since rallied behind the challenger, former minister Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka votes in...

Defy ban, Khaleda tells supporters

Defy ban, Khaleda tells supporters

BNP Chief Khaleda on Sunday called upon the leaders and activists of the alliance to defy the police ban on political gatherings and to make their January 5 rally a success. “We don’t obey the government’s ban on political activities ahead of tomorrow’s programme in Dhaka. I’m calling upon you (rank and file) to...

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