Opposition declares Bangladesh gov't illegal

Bangladesh's main opposition party leader announced a new round of protests against the government.

Opposition declares Bangladesh gov't illegal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Head of Bangladesh's main opposition party has claimed Bangladesh's present government is illegal.

"The people of the country don’t like this government. So the government can’t hold power by using muscle," Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) told a press conference in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Zia, who is also the head of an 18-party opposition alliance, said people do not accept the result of elections on January 5 in which she claims the turnout was less than five percent.

She claimed that the "flawed" polls justified her party's campaign prior to the election for it to be overseen by a non-party interim government.

The BNP leader also announced a fresh program of anti-government protests, including a mass rally on January 20 and January 29, in response to the government's claim that it will serve its full term instead of calling new elections.

The Indian and Chinese governments both congratulated the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was sworn in on Wednesday.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Sheikh Hasina to wish "her and the people of Bangladesh all success in the endeavour to strengthen democratic institutions in Bangladesh."

Zia also underlined that the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is a legitimate political party. Some of its members have been accused of involvement in war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.

One of its leading members, Abdul Quader Molla, was controversially executed after being found guilty by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal in December 2013, despite concerns about the legality of his trial and sentencing.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ocak 2014, 18:07