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Bangladesh to Hold Elections Despite Opposition Boycott


Bangladesh's Election Commission says it will hold general elections this month, despite a boycott by a major political alliance.

On Wednesday, the powerful 14-party alliance led by the Awami League announced a boycott of the January 22nd elections. The alliance accuses the interim government of favoring the former ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

The United States has urged the Awami League to reconsider its planned boycott.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party says the league is trying to sabotage the vote and it says it will participate in the elections, despite the boycott.

The Awami League says electoral reforms it demanded last month have not been implemented.

The group has staged a series of protests that have turned violent in the run-up to the balloting. Some 40 people have been killed in the violence.

Another transportation blockade is scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

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