One of the two main political parties in Bangladesh is
threatening to pull out of national elections unless its leader is allowed to
The Secretary of the Bangladesh National Party, Khandakar Delwar Hossain, says
the BNP will not participate in the December 18th election unless its leader
Khaleda Zia is allowed to participate. Zia is currently barred from contesting
the election because she faces graft charges.
The BNP and the Awami League are the two main parties in Bangladesh. Awami
League leader Sheikh Hasina faces similar charges. She is currently in the
United States on a medical parole.
The development comes after an official of the interim government said it was
unclear if either woman would be able to participate in the election because of
the charges they face.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.