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Bangladesh poll: no surprise, no solution

Monday, January 06, 2014 - 00:59

Jan. 6 - Ruling Awami League wins Bangladesh election as expected but many reject the outcome. Paul Chapman reports.

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On the streets of the Bangladeshi capital there was little aftermath of the polling-day violence witnessed in many parts of the country. The newspaper headlines screamed of those killed during Sunday's election. The ruling Awami League won. That was hardly surprising given an opposition boycott and low voter turnout. (SOUNDBITE)(Bengali) SHAFIQUR RAHMAN, RESIDENT OF DHAKA, SAYING: "It see in the newspapers that there was massive fraud at the Dhaka polling stations and that many people were killed. To me this is not an acceptable election." (SOUNDBITE)(Bengali) RUKSANA AFROZ, RESIDENT OF DHAKA, SAYING: "The election was supposed to be peaceful but it was not so. There were not a lot of voters in the polling booths." The low voter turnout could add to the pressure on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to find a compromise with her opponents for holding new polls. The opposition has denounced her scrapping of the policy of having a caretaker government oversee the elections. The EU, U.S. and Commonwealth refused to send international observers because they said the poll was flawed.

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Bangladesh poll: no surprise, no solution

Monday, January 06, 2014 - 00:59