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General Election

Thai general denies coup was planned

Thai general denies coup was planned

A senior Thai general has told the BBC that last month's military coup had not been planned in advance. It comes after an opposition leader claimed the army had been discussing overthrowing the government for years. Lt Gen Chatchalerm Chalermsukh also said those detained by the military since the coup were being treated well. And he...

Modi wave triumphs

Modi wave triumphs

* BJP secures single majority as Congress faces debacle   * Manmohan quits today; Modi may take oath on May 21 * Good days are coming, says the Hindu nationalist leader * Sonia, Rahul take responsibility for defeat   Narendra Modi is the next prime minister of India. The Hindu nationalist leader thundered to victory in the general...

India votes in second phase of polls

India votes in second phase of polls

Indians are voting in four north-eastern states in the second phase of the general election which pits the governing Congress party against the Hindu nationalist BJP. Polling is taking place in six constituencies in Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya states. The nine-phase election got under way on Monday and will conclude on 12 May....

AL for partisan local govt polls

The Awami League Central Working Committee, highest decision-making body of the ruling party, yesterday unanimously agreed that all the future elections to local bodies should be held in a partisan manner. A meeting of the 72-member committee asked party general secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam to take initiatives in this regard, said meeting sources. If the government takes the decision, all the polls to local bodies -- zila parishad, upazila parishad, union parishad, municipality and city corporation -- will...

Armed forces must keep vigil

Armed forces must keep vigil

The armed forces must remain vigilant and be ready to face any threat and uphold the democratic trend and the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a conference of generals yesterday. Hasina, who is also in-charge of the defence ministry, said the 10th general election was held on January 5 for constitutional obligation and...

Editorial

The new cabinet

A new cabinet has been sworn in. And like so many times in the recent past, we restate our position that the government of Sheikh Hasina resulting from the elections to the 10th Parliament lacks the popular mandate to lay any claim to it being truly representative of the people. Thus the cabinet sworn in yesterday may have some legal cover but suffers from a serious lack of public mandate. Furthermore, the party that was coerced, cajoled and enticed to...

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