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Bangladesh Politicians Say Election Reform Talks Making Progress


Senior lawmakers from Bangladesh's opposition and ruling parties say election reform talks are making progress.

Following an hour-long session on Tuesday, lawmakers said they will take the results of their discussions back to their individual parties and will meet again next Monday.

The head of a 14-party alliance of opposition parties, Awami League Secretary General Abdul Jalil said they are narrowing their differences with ruling party leaders. But he did not give details.

The alliance has threatened to boycott January's elections unless the chief election commissioner M.A. Aziz and his deputies resign. Opposition politicians argue that the commissioner is biased toward Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's ruling party coalition.

If talks between opposition and ruling party politicians are successful, an interim administration will take over on October 27th and will help supervise the elections. Opposition lawmakers have said they also want to have a say in choosing that official.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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