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Bangladeshi Opposition Enforces Nationwide Traffic Blockade


Life in Bangladesh is paralyzed as thousands of opposition activists enforce a countrywide traffic blockade as part of a campaign to force electoral reforms ahead of the January elections.

Opposition leader, former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Wednesday's blockade of railways, highways and waterways will be followed by a general strike on Thursday.

A 14-party alliance led by Hasina's Awami League has been urging the Bangladeshi people to "force Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to implement reforms" to ensure "free and fair elections."

The alliance is demanding the removal of the chief election commissioner and his deputies. The alliance says the election officials are biased in favor of the government.

The top election commission officials rejected the allegations and are refusing to step down.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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