Election to proceed with opposition leader in prison
DHAKA | Bangladesh’s Election Commission announced Thursday that the next national election will be held Dec. 23 despite the imprisonment of the leader of the main opposition party and the banning of its chief partner.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed will head an election-time government, as provided for in the constitution. The opposition has demanded an independent caretaker administration, saying the election could be rigged under Sheikh Hasina.
Sheikh Hasina’s archrival, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, is in jail on corruption charges. It is uncertain whether her Bangladesh Nationalist Party will participate in the polls.
Ms. Zia, 73, has been in prison since February, when she was sentenced to five years for corruption in the establishment of an orphanage fund during her first term as prime minister in early 1990s.