DHAKA, Bangladesh — President Hussain Mohammed Ershad said Saturday that his government would go ahead with elections for Parliament next month despite a boycott by the major opposition parties.
The National Election Commission announced Friday that balloting would be held on Feb. 28, but the two major opposition alliances and the main Muslim party said they would not participate.
The opposition demands that Ershad resign, saying an election otherwise would be "farcical."
Ershad said elections would be held as planned in an address Saturday to representatives of 70 political parties that exist mostly on paper.
In a statement Saturday, a committee representing 20 opposition parties called the balloting "a new conspiracy against the nation" and said people should continue strikes and protests that began Nov. 10. At least 12 people have been killed in violence arising from the protest campaign.