October 30, 2006 |
Bangladesh's president installed himself as leader of the country's caretaker government, hoping to end days of deadly rioting over who should oversee the country's January elections. There was no immediate disagreement from the opposition, which previously had rejected President Iajuddin Ahmed as interim leader. Ahmed replaces Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, whose government, which finished its five-year term Friday, was constitutionally required to transfer power to an interim administration.
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.
March 20, 1996 |
Nearly 200 people were injured in raging battles in Dhaka as Bangladesh's newly elected Parliament met shortly after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was sworn in for a second term, defying opposition protests and apparent diplomatic disapproval of the elections. Witnesses said battles erupted as tens of thousands of opposition activists tried to storm Parliament. Police and paramilitary forces matched bomb-throwing protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas and batons.
September 6, 2002 |
Iajuddin Ahmed, little-known head of a private university in the capital, Dhaka, was elected Bangladesh's figurehead president, officials said. Ahmed, 71, was nominated by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's ruling coalition. Ahmed is expected to be sworn in today. He will be the country's 17th president since it achieved independence from Pakistan in 1971. The position is normally given to a non-politician who can be easily controlled by the ruling party.
June 12, 2006 |
Police fired bullets and tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing protesters demanding that the prime minister resign, injuring more than 200, witnesses and news reports said. Clashes between police and demonstrators trying to block entrance to the capital, Dhaka, broke out in nearly a dozen points. The protest was part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, and to demand reforms ahead of January elections.
December 31, 1995 |
About 25 people were injured when an express train heading for Dhaka was derailed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital by opposition activists during a transport blockade Saturday, witnesses said. The blockade was part of an opposition campaign to force Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to step down and allow elections Feb. 7 to be supervised by a neutral authority.
December 9, 2002 |
Bangladeshi authorities questioned movie theater employees as the death toll in a string of cinema bombings rose to 18. Meanwhile, the government ruled out an Al Qaeda role in the attacks. Visiting the sites, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said police had many leads and that "those who are responsible will be tracked down and put on trial." Police said 21 people were arrested in Mymensingh, site of the bombings, and were being interrogated.
May 15, 2007 |
Security forces arrested dozens of supporters of Bangladesh's two former prime ministers under emergency powers, media and relatives said. Authorities arrested at least 40 supporters of ex-Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed at a house in Sylhet city, private television station Channel i reported. They allegedly were holding an illegal meeting. In addition, police arrested Hannan Shah, a top aide to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, at his Dhaka home, said Shah's youngest son, Reazul.
January 11, 2004 |
Nearly 100,000 people rallied in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, chanting slogans against Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's government and decrying its failure to stem rising crime, price hikes and alleged harassment of political opponents. The protesters from the main opposition party, the Awami League, filled a soccer field and dozens of streets around it. Media reports have said 3,450 murders took place in the country of 140 million last year, up from 2,500 in 2002.