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Bangladesh opposition leader expects victory if vote is fair

Bangladeshi army soldiers keep vigil as a rickshaw puller transports passengers on the eve of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, De...
Bangladeshi polling officials check the voting material at a distribution center before being transported to polling stations on the eve of the genera...
Bangladeshi police personnel seal the voting material at a distribution center before being transported to polling stations on the eve of the general ...
A man walks past a portrait of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the eve of general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. ...
Bangladesh police's elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) women personnel guard a street on the eve of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturd...
Bangladeshi polling officials accompanied by police personnel wait inside a bus before leaving for a polling station on the eve of the general electio...
Bangladeshi police personnel with their belongings wait to accompany polling officials at a distribution center on the eve of the general elections in...
Bangladeshi polling officials wait with their belongings at a distribution center before leaving for polling stations on the eve of the general electi...
Bangladeshi election officials carry voting material at a distribution center before being transported to different polling stations on the eve of the...
A Bangladeshi security personal stands guard as polling officials take rest after reaching a polling station on the eve of the general elections in Dh...

Bangladeshi army soldiers keep vigil as a rickshaw puller transports passengers on the eve of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, De...

Bangladeshi polling officials check the voting material at a distribution center before being transported to polling stations on the eve of the genera...

Bangladeshi police personnel seal the voting material at a distribution center before being transported to polling stations on the eve of the general ...

A man walks past a portrait of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the eve of general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. ...

Bangladesh police's elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) women personnel guard a street on the eve of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturd...

Bangladeshi polling officials accompanied by police personnel wait inside a bus before leaving for a polling station on the eve of the general electio...

Bangladeshi police personnel with their belongings wait to accompany polling officials at a distribution center on the eve of the general elections in...

Bangladeshi polling officials wait with their belongings at a distribution center before leaving for polling stations on the eve of the general electi...

Bangladeshi election officials carry voting material at a distribution center before being transported to different polling stations on the eve of the...

A Bangladeshi security personal stands guard as polling officials take rest after reaching a polling station on the eve of the general elections in Dh...

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Oxford-educated 82-year-old Kamal Hossain has emerged as the unlikely leader of an opposition coalition aiming to remove Bangladesh's ruling party from power in elections Sunday.

Hossain told The Associated Press on Saturday that if the election is free and fair, the opposition should win handily.

A former foreign minister in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party, Hossain said Hasina's government has been characterized by "political patronage of the crudest kind."

Both the ruling party and the opposition allege the other side has killed and injured party leaders and activists in the run-up to the vote.

Both have urged supporters to stay at polling stations until the voting concludes, even at the risk of more violence.

Hasina's critics have accused her of authoritarianism. Her supporters tout Bangladesh's fast-growing economy.