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Bangladesh's government and opposition leaders discuss election reforms

Bangladesh's government and opposition leaders discuss election reforms

Senior leaders from Bangladesh's ruling and opposition parties met for the second day Friday to discuss election reforms and attempt to break a stalemate over next year's national polls.
A 14-party opposition alliance, led by the Awami League party, has threatened to boycott January's elections unless Chief Election Commissioner M.A. Aziz and his three deputies are replaced. The opposition parties say they are biased toward Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's four-party ruling coalition.
The election commissioners have denied opposition allegations of bias and have refused to resign.
After about an hour of talks at the Parliament building in the capital Dhaka, Secretary-General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Awami League leader Abdul Jalil told reporters they would meet again Sunday.
"We have discussed all aspects of the issue, and we have decided to continue the discussion," said Bhuiyan.
He didn't elaborate on the talks but said the meeting was held in a "cordial atmosphere."
The opposition also wants a say in who heads a caretaker administration that will conduct the elections after Zia constitutionally hands over power on Oct. 28.
Zia's coalition government last week agreed to sit with the opposition following a series of violent anti-government protests and general strikes over the issue in recent months.


Updated : 2021-07-29 17:47 GMT+08:00