The leader of Bangladesh's interim government has welcomed a
new U.S. resolution urging President George Bush to extend economic support to
Dhaka upon completion of free and fair elections in December.
The Bangladeshi embassy in Washington says lawmakers in the U.S. House of
Representatives unanimously passed the resolution Wednesday.
It says the measure cites efforts by Bangladesh's caretaker government to
eradicate corruption, and calls on President Bush to provide extended economic
assistance to the country.
An embassy statement says U.S. lawmakers also urged Bangladesh's government to
lift a state of emergency.
The head of Bangladesh's caretaker government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, says the
resolution recognizes the government's efforts to strengthen democracy in the
The interim government last week set December 18th as the date for new
parliamentary elections, after nearly two years of emergency rule.
The government also announced plans to hold local elections on December 24th
The Awami League, the party of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has said it
is disappointed the government did not also announce plans to end emergency
Bangladesh's military-backed interim government canceled planned general
elections and imposed an emergency in January 2007, following violent protests
demanding electoral reforms.
The government then led an anti-corruption campaign, arresting several top
Ms. Hasina and her political rival, Khaleda Zia, were arrested in the crackdown
but have since been released.