April 26, 2007 |
Bangladesh's government said it had lifted a ban on the return of former Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed from overseas, and denied that it was pressuring another former leader, Khaleda Zia, to go into exile. The military-backed interim government issued an order April 18 that barred Wajed from returning. She was blocked Sunday from boarding a flight in London en route home from the United States. The government did not give a reason for lifting the ban.
June 22, 1996 |
The father led one of the most impoverished countries in the world to independence. Now the daughter is on the verge of being summoned to govern it. For Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh, the last days have been ones to savor--a vindication of the bitter struggle she has waged over the last two years against her chief political rival. Wajed and her allies forced the holding of repeat elections this month under a neutral caretaker government and came up the big winners.
February 11, 1998 |
A little-known war came to an end Tuesday in this remote corner of Asia, as hundreds of tribal fighters emerged from their jungle sanctuaries to swap their weapons for a promise of justice. After 22 years of fighting, the first of 10,000 warriors from such tribes as the Chakma, Marma, Khumi and Mro walked into a hastily built soccer stadium here and put down their rifles to the cheers of thousands of villagers. The ceremony, attended by the U.S.
July 3, 1996 |
Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has rejected an offer by her rival and successor to join the new Cabinet. Prime Minister Hasina Wajed, whose party is four seats short of a majority in the new Parliament, included in her Cabinet ministers from the Jatiya Party, which finished third, and the National Socialist Party, a small leftist group. Past feuding between Zia and Wajed has threatened the country's nascent democracy and badly weakened its economy.
December 21, 1987
The United States called on President Hussain Mohammed Ershad and his political opponents to open talks in an effort to end unrest that has crippled Bangladesh for nearly six weeks. The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a brief statement calling for a dialogue among "all political elements" in the country to resolve sometimes-violent protests that began in November. U.S.
July 16, 2007 |
Security forces arrested former Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed at her home in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, early today, ATN Bangla TV reported. It was not immediately known on what charges she was detained, but police have said previously that she faces charges of extortion and taking bribes during her 1996-2001 term. The military-backed government, which is in the midst of an anti-corruption drive, has barred her from leaving the country.