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Bangladeshi Government, Opposition Resume Talks on Electoral Reforms

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Officials from Bangladesh's ruling and opposition parties have met for a second day to discuss electoral reforms ahead of January's vote.

The representatives of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the main opposition Awami League resumed talks on Friday at the parliament building in Dhaka. They meet again on Sunday.

The Awami League and its 13 opposition allies have threatened to boycott January's elections unless reforms are put in place. They are demanding the government replace key electoral officials they accuse of being biased toward the ruling coalition.

Opposition supporters have held several protests to make their demands known. The secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan says he and the Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil discussed all aspects of the issue and have decided to continue the discussion Sunday.

Our Dhaka stringer Amir Khasru has more on it.

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