Hasinas main rival for decades has been former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, whom a court deemed ineligible to run for office because she was sentenced to more than two years in prison after being convicted of corruption.
Zias supporters say the charges were politically motivated.In Zias absence, opposition parties formed a coalition led by Hossain, an 82-year-old former member of the Awami League who served as foreign minister under Hasinas father, Mujibur Rahman, Bangladeshs founding leader.The political opposition and groups including Human Rights Watch say Hasina has become increasingly authoritarian.
Since 1991, the country has held democratic elections in which two parties — Hasina’s Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — have traded power.
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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers being called authoritarian by the western media a badge of honour, while suppressing dissent, jailing critics and supporters of the opposition, intimidating journalists and the media
Her bitter political rival and leader of the BNP, Khaleda Zia, 73, is serving a 17-year jail term for alliance accused Hasina's party of using stuffed ballot boxes [Mahmud Hossain Opu/Al Jazeera] Voting in the capital, Dhaka, was largely peaceful as convoys of soldiers and paramilitary forces were on the streets, where most traffic was banned.
Polls open in Bangladesh, where PM Sheikh Hasina seeks a 3rd consecutive term in a race that opponents say is rigged in her favour.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling alliance have secured another term in power after Bangladeshs general election Sunday, during which the military was deployed and almost 20 people were killed.
At least 15 killed as Bangladesh election turns violent
Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina wins fourth term as prime minister
I used to think women leaders don’t steal elections like the men do. Or if they did, only “small small” (like some claim Sirleaf did in Liberia). But after the weekend brazen mugging of the vote by Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League in Bangladesh, I am ready to change my mind.
Hasina earlier served a separate single term.The coalition led by Hasinas Awami League party won 288 out of 300 seats 96% in Sundays polls, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said.
“We call upon the election commission to declare this farcical election void and demand a fresh election,” said Kamal Hossain, a respected lawyer and former member of Hasina’s Awami League party who headed an alliance of opposition parties.
Congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on her partys victory Hope relations between India & Bangladesh continue to move in the right direction
The sweeping nature of Hasina’s victory raises “serious doubt” about the fairness of the election, said Ataur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Political Scientist Association.
The day after winning a record fourth term in power, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina trumpeted her accomplishments and dismissed opposition claims that the vote was rigged.Hasinas ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the general election, according to official results released Monday, giving her a third consecutive term despite opposition allegations of intimidation.
The silence in media over Sheikh Hasinas victory in Bangladesh is stunning. So the rule is if anti-India leader comes in power, Blow to Modi and Failure of foreign policy and if pro-India leader wins then ignore and move on.
Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina Ji on the victory in the Bangladesh General Election বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচনে জয়ের জন্য শেখ হাসিনা জি কে জানাই অভিনন্দন
AFP News Agency: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas party wins election, local TV reports
Spoke to Sheikh Hasina Ji and congratulated her on the resounding victory in the Bangladesh elections. Wished her the very best for the tenure ahead.
BREAKING: Election official says Bangladeshs ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won Sundays election with 288 seats, giving it enough to form government.
More than a dozen people were killed in election-related violence on Sunday, and the election campaign was dogged by allegations of the arrest and jailing of thousands of Hasinas opponents.In a wide-ranging discussion with foreign journalists and election observers at her official residence in Dhaka on Monday, Hasina refused a suggestion that she offer her political foes an olive branch.The opposition you see, who are they?
Hasina’s Awami League fared even better than it did in the last national poll in 2014, when the opposition boycotted the elections and many seats were contested by a single candidate.
Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, joint secretary-general of the BNP, the main party in the opposition alliance, called the election a "mockery".
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks to reporters after casting her vote in parliamentary elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday.
An AL-led coalition won a massive 288 seats, while the main opposition alliance dominated by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secured just six.
Bangladesh's ruling party had surged ahead within hours of the counting of the votes - an outcome the Jatiya Oikya Front, the BNP-led opposition alliance had feared.
Dhaka, Bangladesh - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL) party has won Bangladesh's parliamentary vote, the country's election commission has announced, after the main opposition alliance rejected the violence-marred polls.