After her release from jail
Thursday, Former Prime Minister Zia said her party (BNP) will join talks
with the military-backed
government and participate in national elections set for December. The party
had previously said it would
boycott the poll.
government imposed emergency rules and canceled elections last year, after violence erupted over
opposition accusations that the outgoing ruling party tried to rig the ballot.
Since then, authorities have
arrested about 170 politicians on corruption charges. Former prime minister Sheikh Hasina was also among
those charged. She has also been released on bail, pending her corruption trial and has sought medical
treatment in the U.S.
In an interview with Voice of
America, Dr Ataur Rahman, President of Bangladesh Political Science
Association and Professor of
Dhaka University commented on the present political situation in Bangladesh.
Khasru has more on the story.