Bangladesh’s PM Hasina wins third straight term; opposition cries foul

Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has won a third straight term, sealing a landslide with almost all the seats in parliament, officials said on Monday.

But the opposition rejected the result as rigged and called for fresh votes.

Hasina’s win in Sunday’s general election follows a decade in power in which she has been credited with improving the economy and promoting development.

Hasina is, however, being accused of rights abuses, a crackdown on media and suppressing dissent.

The government rejects those accusations.

An alliance led by Hasina’s Awami League won 287 of the 298 seats for which results have been declared, the Election Commission said.

It added it was investigating allegations of vote rigging from “across the country”.

SOURCE: Reuters

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