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Bangladesh Prepares for Resumption of Transport Blockade


The Bangladeshi opposition has announced the resumption of a transport blockade Monday after failing to reach a compromise with the interim government over electoral reforms and the firings of election officials.

President Iajuddin Ahmed, who heads the interim government, and opposition Awami League Sheikh Hasina met Sunday evening but the two sides were unable to agree on the fate of key election officials.

The opposition demands the officials be removed before elections set for January, saying they favor former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

The blockade announcement came as supporters of Zia's four-party alliance and opposition activists clashed on Dhaka university campus. Several people were reported injured.

Police have announced a ban on carrying sticks, explosives and other potential weapons during rallies or demonstrations in Dhaka starting Monday.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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