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ABOVE: Protests, high tension following election in Bangladesh (Jan 7)
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party was leading Monday with 232 seats in a national election marred by violence and boycotted by the opposition amid concerns by the international community that the process was deeply flawed.
The Election Commission had not provided official results, but preliminary results reaching the commission showed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party bagged 105 seats among 147 constituencies where voting took place Sunday, when at least 18 people were killed in election-related violence.
Hasina’s refusal to heed opposition demands to step down and appoint a neutral caretaker to oversee the election led to the boycott, undermining the legitimacy of the vote. Opposition activists have staged attacks, strikes and transportation blockades in unrest that has left at least 293 people dead…
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