The ruling BNP in Bangladesh has rejected opposition objections and decided to hand over power to retired chief justice K. M. Hasan as head of the next caretaker government.
The caretaker government's job is to oversee national elections scheduled for early 2007, and the opposition says Hasan is biased in favor of the present government.
Secretary General of BNP Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan told reporters there is no alternative to Hasan. He said ongoing talks on electoral reforms could only be held if the opposition accepts Hasan for the post.
The opposition has yet to react to the announcement.
Talks on the Hasan issue and electoral reforms between the two sides ended abruptly on Monday.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.