Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left the country to seek medical treatment in the United States, a day after her release from jail on parole.
Airport officials in the capital, Dhaka, say Ms. Hasina boarded a commercial flight bound for the United States on Thursday. The former prime minister is to undergo treatment for hearing damage she suffered during a 2004 assassination attempt.
Bangladesh's caretaker government ordered Ms. Hasina's release from prison for eight weeks Wednesday after nearly a year in detention on corruption charges. Prosecutors say she will still be tried in absentia.
Ms. Hasina's release comes as the government attempts to end a stalemate between her Awami League party and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party ahead of planned elections in December.
Zahurul Alam has more on the story.