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Bangladesh's New Interim Government Meets for First Time


Bangladesh's new caretaker government met for the first time on Sunday to begin setting up new elections.

New interim government chief Fakhruddin Ahmed held the meeting one day after he selected five advisors to help him run the nation until a new government is elected.

His predecessor, President Iajuddin Ahmed, declared a state of emergency Thursday and canceled elections slated for the 22nd of this month, after the opposition said it would boycott the polls.

President Ahmed then stepped down as head of an interim government to put an end to crippling strikes and violent protests by the multi-party opposition, led by the Awami League.

A day later, he swore in economist Fakhruddin Ahmed as the country's caretaker chief, mandated to oversee the next general election.

No new date has been set for the elections.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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