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Bangladesh's Major Political Parties to Boycott Talks With Interim Government


Bangladesh's major political parties have announced they will not join the interim government in talks centered on the upcoming parliamentary elections.

A senior member, Tofail Ahmed of the Awami League on Wednesday said the party will boycott the discussions, as long as party leader and former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina remains in prison.

Ms. Hasina is facing trial for alleged corruption and abuse of power during her tenure.

Meanwhile, the secretary-general, Khondkar Delwar Hossain of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party says the party will soon issue a similar condition for talks with the interim government. The BNP's leader, former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, is also in jail on graft charges.

The U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, James Moriarty told reporters in Dhaka both the interim government and the political parties will need to make concessions to ensure successful dialogue ahead of December elections.

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