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December, 2018
  • Sheikh Hasina’s election machination worked: Awami League-led alliance scored 288 seats out of 300 while opposition parties hardly got 8 seats. AL alone got more than 250 seats, enough to form government, its partner, the Jatiya Party, bagged 20 seats, as per results so far. This is Sheikh Hasina’s third consecutive term as Prime Minister. Dr. Kamal, Okyafront leader, demands re-election as it was ‘farcical’. Dr Kamal is actually leading opposition in absence of Khalida Zia.
  • Atrocities against Rohingya: The United States House of Representative recently passed a resolution with a bipartisan support to condemn atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. The statement said that it was a moral obligation of the US. Resolution called atrocities ‘genocide’. It also urged immediate release of two journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentenced to seven years jail for breaching state law.
  • AL’ victory projected: London based Economic Intelligence Unit has projected ruling party Awami Leagues AL’ victory. According to various local opinions, Sheikh Hasina remains the most popular figure. However, on Bangladesh National Party BNP side, two notable issues, helping gain sympathy vote; one is government hardline response to student’s protest, earned sympathy among youngsters for BNP and second is widespread arrests of BNP leaders. Despite, AL still in a better position to hold office again, however, above mentioned factors will largely reduce margin of victory.
  • Khalida Zia fights against cancellation of nomination: BNP Chairperson, Khalida Zia, has filed three petitions with High Court (HC) against Election Commissions (EC)’ rejection of her appeals on violation of electoral code of conduct. In recent petitions she challenged the legality of EC for cancellation of all three nomination papers Bogura-6, 7 and Feni-1 constituencies. Khalida’s lawyer maintained that the violation of code of conduct is out of question as she has been in jail since February. Hearing continued in HC.
  • World Bank pledged $750 million budgetary support: After a decade-long gap, the World Bank has pledged budgetary support of total US 750 million dollars to Dhaka for three years in three equal installments. Qimiao Fan, the country director of WB, said that Bangladesh has made a remarkable progress in accelerating growth rate and reducing poverty, however, still lagging behind in job creation. This loan is intended to support government capacity in this regard, he added.

  • The Daily Star, Dhaka

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