The ruling party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won the violence overshadowed the parliamentary election in Bangladesh.

her Awami League won an overwhelming majority of 259 of 298 assigned seats in Parliament, as the electoral office announced on Monday. Hasina gets to the third term in a row – and the fourth overall.

More than 1860 candidates had applied for the 300 seats in Parliament. A seat had not been put to the vote on Sunday because of a death of a candidate in the election. In other constituencies the vote due to violence has been postponed. Approximately 104 million of the 160 million inhabitants of the South Asian country were entitled to vote.

The election was local violence before the election and the manipulation allegations overshadowed. At least 16 people were killed. Leader of the opposition, Kamal Hossain spoke of an “electoral Farce” and demanded a fresh election under a non-partisan transitional government. More than 100 opposition politicians have withdrawn their candidacies, because the election was manipulated, said the 81-year-old former foreign Minister.

The real leader of the opposition and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had been convicted of corruption to twelve years in prison and sitting since February in the prison. Her party BNP had boycotted the previous election in January 2014.

In some places, the voting was suspended because of the violence. A polling station was closed, because the ballot papers had been stolen. The authorities under the authority broke according to the data of telecommunications in Bangladesh the access to the mobile high-speed Internet, the spread of rumors.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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