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U.S. envoy criticizes Bangladesh’s interim govt

Bangladesh’s interim government has failed to act neutrally ahead of January elections, the U.S. ambassador said on Sunday, echoing criticism of a multi-party alliance that has demanded electoral reforms. The caretaker government headed by President Iajuddin Ahmed took over late in October after Begum Khaleda Zia ended her five-year tenure as prime minister. But Khaleda’s arch-rival Sheikh Hasina, who leads the Awami Legaue and is head of a 14-party alliance, has threatened to boycott the January 23 poll unless Iajuddin proves his neutrality by implementing electoral reforms to ensure a free and fair vote. Full Story

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