A front-runner in the race to become the next prime minister of Bangladesh says the chief of the caretaker government has misinterpreted the country's constitution by calling his administration presidential.
The leader of the opposition Awami league, Sheikh Hasina, said on Friday that President Iajuddin Ahmed, who is heading the caretaker government ahead of January elections, has violated the constitution.
President Iajuddin said Thursday that his government is presidential and any criticism of the interim administration would amount to interference and was unacceptable.
Bangladesh's constitution stipulates that the government must resign three months before parliamentary elections, and a caretaker government should oversee polls so that they are free and fair. The head of the caretaker government does not have presidential powers.
President Iajuddin is an ally of former Prime Minister Begun Khaleda Zia who by law had to resign on October 29th.
The opposition alliance led by Hasina is threatening more protests if the interim government does not replace the officials of the election commission that it considers biased in favor of the ruling Nationalist Party.