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Election under Hasina government: 14 party

Update : 12 May 2013, 05:26 AM

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance has made it clear that the next general election of the country would be held under an interim government headed by the prime minister, but the Election Commission (EC) would exercise all executive powers.

The alliance made the declaration suggesting their stance at a meeting of the partners on Saturday, presided over by AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed, held at the AL president Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi office.

Sources at the meeting confirmed that the leaders of the 14-party combine at the meeting discussed a survey about poll-time government by a Bangla daily.

At the meeting, the leaders expressed the view that there was no scope for restoring a caretaker system, as it had been cancelled in line with a Supreme Court verdict.

The leaders at the meeting said the EC would hold the election under a three-month interim government. During this period, all executive powers would be exercised by the EC.

After the meeting, AL presidium member and former home minister, Mohammad Nasim, briefed reporters.

He said the next general election would be held under the constitutional provisions.

“No election is possible under an unelected government,” Nasim said.

He urged the opposition leaders to return to the path of peace, as opposed to conspiracy and destruction.

He asked BNP to focus on preparations for contesting in the national poll.

Nasim also urged the BNP-Jamaat alliance to withdraw hartals.

The meeting decided to hold rallies in all the constituencies of Dhaka.

The 14-party leaders present at the meeting included: Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Anisur Rahman Mallic, Abu Hamed Sahabuddin, SK Sikder and Nurur Rahman Selim.

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