Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain has called on Bangladesh's political parties to accept the outcome of the upcoming parliamentary elections that will end nearly two years of emergency rule.
The Arizona senator praised the military-backed interim government during a visit to Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. He said the United States appreciates the job the caretaker government has done to strengthen the foundation of Bangladesh's democracy. But McCain said the government's job is not yet complete. He said it is now time for an elected successor to continue the reform process and build democracy for Bangladesh's people. McCain said it will be equally important for everyone to accept the results of the December 29th elections and work together in the interest of the country.
Senators Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham also visited Bangladesh.