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Bangladesh group says it will blockade roads to demand government neutrality

Bangladesh group says it will blockade roads to demand government neutrality

A major political alliance has vowed to blockade roads across Bangladesh next month to demand government neutrality in coming elections.
Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who heads the alliance, told reporters on Friday the group would launch the protest Jan. 7-8 to show concern about the interim government's neutrality.
She also threatened to boycott the Jan. 22 elections if there was not a "congenial atmosphere" ahead of the polls.
The alliance has accused President Iajuddin Ahmed of running the government under the influence of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who stepped down at the end of her term on Oct. 28 to allow the caretaker administration to prepare for the elections.
"If we don't see any major development by this time (Jan. 7), we'll boycott the election under this president," Hasina said. "But still we want to contest _ I don't want to flee the battlefield."
The alliance has been demanding the removal of some election officials, accusing them of favoritism toward Zia's four-party coalition. It has also demanded changes in some top bureaucratic posts, and an update of a flawed voter list.
The situation was further complicated when the Election Commission on Wednesday rejected the candidacy of a former military ruler, whose party is a key partner in the alliance.
Hussain Muhammad Ershad was army chief when he came to power in a 1982 coup. He was ousted in a popular uprising in 1990, and has since been in and out of jail on various charges.
He faces a return to jail for two years in a decade-old multimillion-dollar (euro) corruption case after the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal of his High Court conviction.
Under the Constitution, a person jailed for at least two years for a crime involving "moral turpitude" is banned from seeking elected office.
Hasina said the rejection of Ershad's application to contest the polls was politically motivated.
An Election Commission tribunal was expected to hear Ershad's appeal on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-06-15 21:24 GMT+08:00