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Former Bangladesh Strongman Barred from Running for Parliament


Bangladesh's Election Commission has refused to lift a ban on former military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad running in elections next month.

In response, his Jatiya Party said it would boycott the elections next month.

The former military strongman and general had appealed to the commission to run in five parliament constituencies after his nomination was barred by local elections offices last week.

Commission officials told reporters on Sunday that they had reviewed the appeals filed on Friday and found them unacceptable.

Bangladesh law bars anyone with a criminal record from running in parliamentary elections for five years following completion of the sentence.

Three years ago Ershad was given a two-year jail term for squandering state funds but he has refused to turn himself in.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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