Bangladesh: Political history

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1991-2018

Sheikh Hasina vs. Khaleda Zia

Sheikh Hasina vs. Khaleda Zia, 1991-2018
From: January 2, 2019: The Times of India

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Sheikh Hasina vs. Khaleda Zia, 1991-2018

2018

Court jails ex-PM Zia for five years

Bangladesh court jails opposition leader Khaleda Zia for five years, February 8, 2018: The Times of India


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Zia, 72, was sentenced in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas ($252,000) in foreign donations.

In the same case, her son Tarique Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in jail.


Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case. Zia, 72, was sentenced by the Special Court-5 in the capital, Dhaka, in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas ($252,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust.

In the same case, her son Tarique Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

The ex-premier on November 30, 2014 lost her last ditch effort to evade the graft trial as the Supreme Court turned down her second 'leave to appeal' petition challenging her indictment and asked her to face trial in the lower court.

The high court earlier validated the trial in the lower court which on March 19, 2014 had indicted Zia on two graft charges brought by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The ACC alleged that the two charities, the other being the Zia Charitable Trust, existed only on paper and a huge amount of money was misappropriated in the name of the two organisations while Zia was premier during the BNP's 2001-2006 government.

Awami League wins 288/ 300 seats, Hasina gets 3rd straight term

Hasina gets 3rd straight term as Awami League wins 288 of 300 seats, January 1, 2019: The Times of India


Bangladesh’s ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country’s general election, according to official results released Monday, giving PM Sheikh Hasina a third straight term despite allegations of intimidation and the opposition disputing the outcome.

The coalition led by Hasina’s Awami League party won 288 out of 300 seats, or 96%, in Sunday’s polls. The opposition alliance led by lawyer Kamal Hossain won only seven seats. The opposition rejected the outcome, with Hossain calling the election “farcical” and demanding a new one be held under the authority of a “nonpartisan government”. But chief election commissioner K M Nurul Huda ruled out any revote, saying there were no reports of irregularities.

With Hasina’s thumping win, India plans to continue investing in Bangladesh to build on the growing economy of its neighbour and make it the linchpin of India’s Act East policy.

Victorious debut for ODI skipper Mortaza

Hasina gets 3rd straight term as Awami League wins 288 of 300 seats, January 1, 2019: The Times of India


Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza, 35, has become the first active cricketer in the country to be elected as a lawmaker. The Awami League candidate for Narail-2 constituency got 2.7 lakh votes — 96% of votes cast— while the Jatiya Oikya Front alliance nominee managed barely 8,000.

Bangla ODI captain wins by a landslide

January 1, 2019: The Times of India


Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has registered a landslide victory in the 11th general elections, becoming the first active cricketer in the country to be elected as a lawmaker.

Mortaza, an Awami League candidate for Narail-2 constituency, got 274,418 votes while his rival Jatiya Oikya Front alliance nominee Fariduzzaman Farhad received 8,006 votes, according to the Election Commission.

The total number of votes in the Narail-2 constituency is 317, 844. Mortaza’s vote share amounts to over 96%, the Dhaka Tribune reported. The 35-year-old pacer, known as the ‘Narail Express’, is the second national cricket team captain after Naimur Rahman Durjoy to become an MP. He is the first active player to achieve the honour, the report said.

Mortaza filed his nomination last month. He became the first-ever sitting cricketer to try his luck in national politics. PM Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led alliance swept to a landslide victory in the general elections.

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