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Bangladesh elections 2024 not free or fair, violence, US says on opposition boycott

The United States said on Monday it believed Bangladesh’s general elections on Sunday were not free and fair, given the violence that occurred during the election and a boycott by opposition parties. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday secured a fourth term in office after her party Awami League won two-thirds of the seats in the general elections.

Voting was marred by violence on polling day and a 48-hour nationwide general strike by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The strike called by the BNP and other like-minded parties urged voters to stay away from the polls to mark the beginning of the end of the “fascist government”.

In a press statement on Monday, the US State Department said: “The United States is concerned by the arrests of thousands of political opposition members and reports of election day irregularities. The United States shares the view with other observers that these elections were free or fair. “No and we regret that not all parties participated.”

It also condemned pre-poll violence and urged the Bangladesh government to “credibly investigate” reports of violence and hold perpetrators accountable.

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“We also urge all political parties to reject violence,” the statement said.

Before voting, several incidents of arson were reported from across the country. A passenger train was set on fire on Friday, killing four people, while miscreants set fire to about 14 polling stations across the country on Friday and Saturday.

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