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Bangladeshi Opposition Leader Gives Conditional Support to Caretaker Government

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A top opposition leader in Bangladesh has given her conditional support to President Iajuddin Ahmed, who heads the country's caretaker government.

Awami League and 14 party alliance leader Sheikh Hasina met with the president on Monday. She gave him a written proposal that she says will ensure free and fair elections, which includes her alliance's demands for electoral reforms and the arrest and trial of terrorists.

Hasina -- who refused to accept Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's choice for the caretaker chief -- said it is up to the president to prove if he is "acceptable."

Meanwhile, the outgoing prime minister Zia addressed a public rally in Dhaka, saying she would deal sternly with the opposition if it continues its agitation.

Some 25 people have been killed in political violence since Friday, including one on Monday.


The trouble intensified when Khaleda Zia stepped down as prime minister at the end of her government's five-year term on Friday.

A government candidate (retired Supreme Court Justice K. M. Hasan) declined to head the caretaker government after widespread riots erupted over his appointment. Protesters said he is biased in favor of the government.

The caretaker government will appoint a neutral body to run the country and hold free and fair polls A deatiled report by our Dhaka stringer Matiur Rahman Chowdhury folows:

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