DHAKA, Bangladesh — President Hussain Mohammed Ershad's military government won an endorsement from nearly 95% of the voters who took part in a national referendum, official reports said Friday.
About 36.5 million people, or 76% of the 48 million eligible voters, cast ballots Thursday despite a boycott called by the political opposition, the reports said. Opposition groups contended that the turnout was lower.
Violence marked the balloting in the nation of 100 million. Two people died and 18 were injured in voting-related incidents Thursday.
According to the national election commission, Ershad's government received about 34.6 million affirmative votes, or 94.8%, while 1.9 million votes, or 5.2%, of the votes were opposed to his regime.