Bangladesh vote fixed for December

Caretaker government to hold formal talks with political parties on election issues.

    Political violence in 2007 led to 30 deaths and the
    postponement of scheduled elections [File: EPA]
    The general election has stalled, initially being planned for January 2007.
    They were postponed following weeks of political riots in which at least 30 people died and hundreds were injured.
    Then Ahmed's interim government took control and declared a state of emergency with the military's backing.
    They vowed to deal with the country's disastrous levels of corruption before holding elections.
    Ahmed's government has also attempted to marginalise from politics Bangladesh's two main and longstanding political figures, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed.
    They are both former prime ministers who have been embroiled in corruption cases launched by the current government.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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