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Bangladeshi Opposition Again Presses for Electoral Reforms


Bangladeshi opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has threatened to boycott general elections due in January unless there are reforms in the electoral system.

She announced her decision at a press briefing in the capital, Dhaka, with reporters representing foreign media in Bangladesh.

She said there must be reforms before the present government ends its term.

Reuter news agency quotes her as saying that her party members will take to the streets if the reforms are not implemented.

The opposition wants to have a new election commissioner, saying the current commissioner has a pro-government bias. It also wants a say in choosing the head of a caretaker administration that would supervise the election.

The government has ignored the opposition demand and accused the opposition of trying to foil the election and disrupt democracy.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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