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Commonwealth to Bangladesh: End emergency rule

Commonwealth to Bangladesh: End emergency rule

The head of the Commonwealth urged Bangladesh on Monday to end emergency rule before its December elections, saying the measures were "inconsistent with a normal electoral process."
Bangladesh is run by a military-backed interim government, which came to power in January 2007 after President Iajuddin Ahmed declared an emergency to quell months of political violence. The government has pledged to relax emergency rules ahead of the Dec. 18 general elections.
"The Commonwealth's position is that a state of emergency is inconsistent with a normal electoral process," Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma told a news conference after meeting with Bangladeshi officials in the capital, Dhaka.
Sharma said he did not get any indication from the government on when the emergency would be lifted.
The Commonwealth Secretariat, based in London, plans to send a team to assess the electoral process ahead of the vote, Sharma added. The Commonwealth will wait for the team's report to decide whether to send election observers.
The 53-member Commonwealth groups Britain and its former colonies, with Queen Elizabeth II as its symbolic head.


Updated : 2020-12-03 13:12 GMT+08:00