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Bangladesh's Hasina wins 1st election in 7 years

 Alim Hussain, who said he was 97, waits in a queue to cast his vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Bangladeshis formed long lines at po...
 Women stand in a queue to cast their votes for the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Security forces lined the streets M...
 A security personnel stands guard, as people stand in a queue to cast their votes for the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 20...
 Bangladeshi former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 200...
 Supporters of Awami League party celebrate as the initial results show huge lead in favor of their party, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008...
 Supporters of Awami League party celebrate as the initial results show huge lead in favor of their party, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008...

Bangladesh Election

Alim Hussain, who said he was 97, waits in a queue to cast his vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Bangladeshis formed long lines at po...

Bangladesh Election

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes for the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Security forces lined the streets M...

Bangladesh Elections

A security personnel stands guard, as people stand in a queue to cast their votes for the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 20...

Bangladesh Elections

Bangladeshi former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 200...

Bangladesh Elections

Supporters of Awami League party celebrate as the initial results show huge lead in favor of their party, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008...

Bangladesh Elections

Supporters of Awami League party celebrate as the initial results show huge lead in favor of their party, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008...

Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political alliance won a landslide victory in elections aimed at restoring democracy to the troubled South Asian nation, an election official said Tuesday.
Election official Humayun Kabir said Hasina's alliance won a two-thirds majority in Parliament in Monday's elections after votes in most districts had been tallied.
"This has been a very free and fair election," Kabir said on Channel-i television.
But as votes were counted Monday night, the main rival party, led by Khaleda Zia, launched allegations of irregularities and forgery.
The voting marked the country's first election in seven years, but with no fresh faces _ and with both leading candidates facing corruption charges _ many feared the vote would just mean a return to the corruption, mismanagement and paralyzing protests of previous attempts at democracy.
Hasina and Zia are heirs to Bangladeshi political dynasties and fixtures of the political scene. Zia was elected prime minister in 1991, Hasina in 1996, and Zia again in 2001.
Though bitter rivals, their parties campaigned on similar platforms of reducing corruption and controlling inflation. One of the few policy differences is that Hasina's party is seen as relatively secular and liberal, while Zia has allies among Islamic fundamentalists.
Kabir did not give any figures, but private television station Ekuskey reported earlier Tuesday that unofficial tallies gave the coalition led by Hasina's Bangladesh Awami League 255 seats, far ahead of the 32 seats netted by Zia's.
The reports say that independents and small parties have won five seats, and that Hasina's alliance is leading in most of the remaining seats.


Updated : 2021-07-30 21:11 GMT+08:00