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Bangladesh Opposition Resumes Strike


At least 20 people have been wounded in violence across Bangladesh as opposition activists staged strikes to press for the removal of controversial election officials.

Witnesses reported gun battles between rival activist groups on Monday in Dhaka.

Demonstrators blocked highways into the capital, a day after government and opposition negotiators failed to reach a compromise on the fate of key election commission officials.

The opposition is demanding the officials be removed before elections set for January, accusing them of favoring the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

Officials from Bangladesh's interim government said on Monday they hope the strike will be resolved within a day or two.

The opposition suspended another strike last week in hopes of reaching agreement with the government on the matter.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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