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Leading Bangladesh Party Ousts Ex-PM Zia


Officials in Bangladesh say the country's largest political party has ousted former prime minister Khaleda Zia as leader.

Analysts say the move is seen as an attempt by party reformers to distance themselves from Ms. Zia, who is under arrest on corruption charges, ahead of elections late next year.

Former finance minister Saifur Rahman was made acting Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief in Ms. Zia's absence during a late meeting Monday.

Ms. Zia and her younger son Arafat Rahman were detained in September. They were accused of misusing their powers in awarding government contracts. Her older son Tareque Rahman was arrested in March on charges of acquiring wealth illegally.

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has the details about the reaction.

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