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Holding Of DCC, Zila Parishad Polls

Govt reluctant as it fears AL's defeat

The government is disinclined to hold the elections to the two Dhaka city corporations and zila parishads fearing defeat of the Awami League candidates, discussants told a roundtable yesterday. The fear might have come from the ruling party's downfall in the elections to five city corporations last year and many upazila parishads this year, said M Hafizuddin Khan, president of Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik (SHUJAN), which organised the discussion at the capital's Jatiya Press Club. "I think the government wants to confirm...

DCC polls ploy to foil BNP movement

After a long time, the government has announced to hold the overdue elections to the two Dhaka city corporations to foil BNP's movement and divert people's attention from the protest, party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.  He made the comments while talking to reporters at Labaid Specialised Hospital in the capital where he visited the ailing film director Chashi Nazrul Islam. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Monday's cabinet meeting that the elections would be held early next...

Lt Col Isaac Zida named Burkina Faso PM

Lt Col Isaac Zida named Burkina Faso PM

The authorities in Burkina Faso have appointed an army officer, Lt Col Isaac Zida, as transitional prime minister. Col Zida had been among officers who took power when then President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on 31 October during mass protests. He declared himself head of state but on Tuesday oversaw the swearing-in of...

Burkina Faso Unrest

Army ousts president

Army ousts president

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and...

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days. An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou. On Thursday, protesters angry at Compaore's...

Nidaa Tounes party wins Tunisia polls

Nidaa Tounes party wins Tunisia polls

Tunisia's secularist party Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the country's parliament following Sunday's elections, official results show. The governing Islamist Ennahda party won 69 seats in the 217-seat chamber. The official results confirm earlier predictions and Ennahda officials have already urges Nidaa Tounes to form an inclusive government. Tunisia's transition to democratic rule after...

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

Riding on the popularity wave of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appeared set to emerge as the single largest party in the key western state of Maharashtra. The BJP was also on course to capture power in northern state of Haryana unseating Congress in both the states as...

AL unveils documentation on BNP-Jamaat violence

AL unveils documentation on BNP-Jamaat violence

Awami League today unveiled a documentation on violence that carried out by the BNP-Jamaat during the Awami League-government 2009-2013 rule and ahead of the January 5 election across the country. The DVD titled “Blood, Pain, Bangladesh: A saga of BNP-Jamaat violence against the people of the country” was unveiled by AL General Secretary Syed...

5 Upazila Parishads

Low turnout, rigging mark elections

Ruling Awami League men allegedly resorted to vote rigging, ballot box stuffing and creating panic among the voters and rivals in four of the five upazila parishads that went to polls yesterday. The BNP-backed candidates boycotted elections in three upazilas, alleging vote rigging, attacks and threats to their men and lax law enforcement. Elections for all posts of Mehendiganj upazila in Barisal and Atpara in Netrakona, by-polls for chairman posts in Phulgazi of Feni and vice-chairman posts in Digholia of Khulna...

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker today said leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would create way for free and fair elections, asserting that no outsiders can do it. “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides… there’re no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that,” Walker said. He said it is important to say that “solution to democratic evolution in Bangladesh can only be formulated and implemented by Bangladeshis.” Asked if the UN, after being failed in its first mission...

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