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Awami League regain power in Bangladesh
Jan 06, 2014

The Awami League (AL) has secured majority in the 10th parliamentary election of Bangladesh, winning 105 seats out of the 147 seats up for election. Jatiya Party won 13 seats, Workers Party got four seats and JaSaD seats, Twarikat Federation and BNF won one seat each.

Violence and chaos dominated the election day when at least 21 people were killed in poll-related violence, with most of the victims being opposition activists. Over 200 polling stations were firebombed and the voting was suspended on over 160 polling centres. Most of the turmoil has been seen in rural areas.

According to the security officials, over 375,000 security personnel were deployed across Bangladesh to maintain peace and nearly 50,000 army troops were kept on vigil. Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh and elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion forces are maintaining security in the country.

As less than half of parliamentary seats had been contested. Re-election will be held in the remaining constituencies where voting was suspended due to violence.


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