September 3, 2007 |
Security forces detained Bangladesh's most recent prime minister, Khaleda Zia, witnesses and officials said today. Hundreds of army-led security forces had surrounded Zia's home in Dhaka, the capital. The move came after police said they recorded a corruption case against Zia, her son Arafat Rahman and 11 others. Police gave no details on the case. Zia's elder son and political heir Tarique Rahman was detained in March in an anti-corruption drive by the army-backed interim government.
December 30, 2008 |
An alliance led by former Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed won a large parliamentary majority in Bangladesh's first polls in seven years, unofficial results showed. A rival party complained of irregularities. Analysts said it was unclear whether the losers would accept the results or take their supporters onto the streets to protest. Unofficial results showed that Wajed's Grand Alliance, led by her Awami League, had won at least 255 seats in the 300-seat National Parliament. Just 31 had gone to a group led by Khaleda Zia, another former prime minister.
December 8, 1987
As protests against his rule continued, Bangladesh President Hussain Mohammed Ershad announced that he will try to call elections within 90 days to select a president and a new Parliament to replace the body he dissolved Sunday. Ershad also told newspaper editors that he will soon release two opposition leaders, Khaleda Zia, chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and Hasina Wazed, president of the Awami League, who have been under house arrest since Nov. 11.
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.
October 4, 2001 |
Khaleda Zia began consultations Wednesday to form a new government after her four-party alliance gained a whopping two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections. Her defeated rival, former Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed, said the tallies of Monday's balloting were "fake and manipulated," and she demanded fresh elections. Foreign observers said the election--supervised by a neutral caretaker administration--was free and fair.
May 8, 1991 |
Government warehouses are filled with 800,000 tons of rice and wheat, but planes and helicopters have delivered only 141 tons of desperately needed relief supplies since last week's cyclone left millions without food, clean water or shelter, military officials said Tuesday. Even worse, up to 40% of supplies dropped from planes have fallen in the water or smashed on the ground, the officials said.