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US Urges Bangladesh to Hold Fair Elections This Year


The United States is urging Bangladesh's army-backed interim government to uphold its commitment to hold free and fair elections by the end of the year.

In a statement, the U.S. State Department this week praised officials for updating the voter list and tackling corruption.

But it said Bangladesh's caretaker leaders should improve their dialogue with political parties and lift restrictions on freedoms of assembly and the press.

A military-backed interim government took over Bangladesh and declared a state of emergency in 2007, following months of political violence.

The caretaker leaders indefinitely postponed elections, but they have since pledged to hold a vote involving opposition parties by December of this year.

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