In a major breakthrough in the political crisis in Bangladesh, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday decided to rearrange the entire election schedule including the polling date, following negotiations among the caretaker government and the two rival political alliances.
The new schedule will be announced sometime on Thursday.
Earlier in the afternoon, a delegation of 14- party met a team of advisers in the state guesthouse Padma and reiterated their five point demands. Emerging from the meeting, the advisers rushed to Bangabhaban to apprise the president of the outcome of the talk and sat in a council meeting in the evening, which ended at 10:00pm. Information Adviser Mahbubul Alam told reporters after the meeting, "We hope that the negotiations with the political parties will come to a positive conclusion tomorrow. We also hope that steps to reconstitute the Election Commission will be taken by tomorrow."
The caretaker government on Wednesday transferred some high level secretaries as part of the package deal wooing 14-party to participate in the polls.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.