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Parliamentary election will be held as per Constitution: Hasina

Published : Friday, 12 January, 2018 at 8:14 PM Count : 104

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the next parliamentary election will be held as per the Constitution and hoped all political parties will take part in it.

In a live speech to the nation marking the completion of the current government’s fourth year on Friday, Hasina said, “I hope all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the next general election and help democracy to continue in the country.”

Hasina is the longest serving head of government in Bangladesh, with 14 years to her name in three terms, reports

The Awami League president was elected prime minister for the first time in 1996 after being the leader of the opposition for five years.

She lost power in 2001 and regained it when the Awami League won a landslide in the election on Dec 29, 2008 and formed a coalition government on Jan 6, 2009.

The Awami League retained power after winning the 10th parliamentary election on Jan 5, 2014.

The BNP did not take part in the election as its demand for a neutral, polls-time government went unheeded.

Amid the boycott of the BNP and its threat to prevent the government from taking power, the Awami League formed the government for a second consecutive term on Jan 12 that year.

Hasina, in her address to the nation that began at 7:30pm, outlined how the next parliamentary election, scheduled to take place late this year, will take place.

“The 11th parliamentary election will be held in line with the Constitution by the end of 2018. It’s clearly stated in the Constitution how the elections will be held,” she said.

“According to the Constitution, an election-time government will be formed before the polls and that government will provide all-out help to the Election Commission to organise the election,” she elaborated.

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