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No Breakthrough in Talks Between Government and Opposition in Dhaka


There has been no breakthrough at the sixth round of talks between the Bangladeshi government and opposition, aimed at averting an opposition boycott of January elections.

The talks were held by the secretary general of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, and his counterpart, secretary general of the Awami League, Abdul Jalil.

They gave no explanation to the media when they emerged from the talks after only 20 minutes.

A coalition led by the league has threatened to boycott January elections unless the chief election commissioner, Justice M. A. Aziz and his deputies are replaced. The opposition says they are biased in favor of the government. The commissioner denies the charges.

The opposition also wants a say in forming a caretaker administration, which will oversee the balloting after the current government dissolves at the end of the week.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia last month agreed to meet with the opposition following a series of anti-government protests and general strikes.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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