September 30, 2001 |
Two days before a national election, Bangladesh's government deployed more than 50,000 soldiers and police nationwide to control escalating political violence. Police said seven more people were killed. The fatalities came as Bangladeshi troops took up positions outside 30,000 polling stations throughout the country ahead of Monday's vote. Authorities say clashes between supporters of rival parties have left 134 people dead since campaigning started in July.
June 10, 2001 |
Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed said she will step down next month to pave the way for general elections in Bangladesh. The 330-seat Parliament is expected to be dissolved July 12 on completion of its five-year term, Wajed told writers, artists and academics at a gathering in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday. A neutral caretaker administration will take over from Wajed and hold elections within three months, as called for in the constitution.
June 13, 1996 |
The opposition Awami League, led by Hasina Wajed, maintained a steady lead over former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party with more than half the votes counted from the general election, which saw a huge turnout. Seven people were killed and more than 200 hurt in election violence, but Western and Asian monitors said the voting was orderly in most places.
February 16, 1996 |
This politically gridlocked country held an election Thursday, and there were killings, acts of intimidation by the opposition, reports of government ballot-box stuffing and soldiers and police deployed by the hundreds of thousands to keep the peace. Only two things were missing as one of Asia's most impoverished countries selected a new Parliament: a real choice for the electorate, and voters themselves.
January 31, 1994 |
Explosives and gunfire erupted at polling centers in Dhaka during local elections Sunday, killing at least two people and wounding 200. Voters cast ballots for mayors and city council members in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna, the four largest cities in Bangladesh. Most of the wounded were shot, doctors at hospitals said. Election officials were among the wounded.
January 2, 1991 |
Deposed President Hussain Mohammed Ershad's Jatiya Party will contest the Feb. 27 parliamentary elections, party officials said in Dhaka. Ershad, who has been under house arrest for the last three weeks, resigned Dec. 6, bowing to public pressure against what opposition parties said was his autocratic and corrupt government. It was not immediately known if Ershad himself would be allowed to contest next month's elections.