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U.S. To Send Observers for Bangladesh Election


The United States says it will send 120 poll monitors to observe Bangladesh's upcoming election. U.S. ambassador James Moriarty told reporters on Wednesday the first observers will arrive in November.

The December election will cap nearly two years of emergency rule by the military following violence between Bangladesh's rival political parties in 2007.

The violence erupted over accusations of electoral fraud. Last week a delegation from the European Commission asked that the emergency rule be lifted before the election so it could send its own monitors.

The commission is sending a team to Bangladesh next week to evaluate the pre-election environment.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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