Monday, 31 December 2018

PM Sheikh Hasina wins Bangladesh polls; Opposition alliance demands fresh vote

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was Sunday elected virtually unopposed from the Gopalganj-3 constituency as she won by a landslide, bagging 229,539 votes while her main BNP opponent could manage just 123.

The Election Commission officially announced Hasina’s win in the evening.

Hasina is aiming for a record fourth term as prime minister with her Awami League opening up a big lead in early results following a tense vote.

She did not face much competition from her rivals as Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s S M Jilani secured only 123 votes, Islami Andolan Bangladesh candidate Maruf Sheikh got 71, while rest of the candidates received a mere 14 votes.

According to the EC, a total of 229,747 votes were cast.

Bangladesh opposition alliance rejects polls, demands fresh vote

Facing imminent defeat, Bangladesh’s opposition NUF alliance, with jailed ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s BNP as its key partner, on Sunday rejected the outcome of the general election and demanded fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government.

The National Unity Front (NUF) is a coalition of parties including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League.

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