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Two Politicians Held in Bangladesh Graft Crackdown

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Officials in Bangladesh say the country's former state energy minister and a lawmaker have been detained as part of a widespread corruption investigation.

Authorities said on Friday former Energy Minister Mosharraf Hossain was held after authorities went to his home Thursday night in Mymensingh. Lawmaker Mufti Shahidul Islam of the Khelafat Majlish party was also taken into custody.

Bangladesh authorities have detained at least 22 former ministers and senior politicians this month as part of a major anti-corruption campaign.

The caretaker government is conducting the anti-graft campaign to win the confidence of political parties and hold credible elections.

Bangladesh authorities declared a state of emergency last month after a series of violent protests by supporters of the opposition forced cancellation of elections.

On Thursday, Bangladesh's army chief said the military has no plans to grab power.

Lieutenant-General Moeen U Ahmed told a group of civic and political leaders that the military would like to see the caretaker government succeed.

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