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Bangladesh’s Awami League says to contest polls

Bangladesh’s grand political alliance led by the powerful Awami League will contest parliamentary elections, a top leader said on Sunday, days after the president met its demands and postponed the disputed ballot. The alliance had boycotted the polls saying the president, as head of an interim administration, was favouring its rivals. It wanted the polls to be delayed and voters’ lists updated to ensure a free and fair election, which had been set for Jan. 22. “We have decided to participate in the elections,” Awami League general-secretary Abdul Jalil told Reuters in an interview. “This present caretaker government has to go ahead with the preparation of the Election Commission, voters’ list … then we are ready to participate at any moment.” Full Story

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