AP PHOTOS: Election Day in 600-year-old Bangladesh city
PANAM NAGAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Voters in Bangladesh went to the polls Sunday in the densely populated South Asian nation's 11th general election to determine whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party a third consecutive term or hand the reins to a loose coalition of opposition parties in the hopes of change.
Promising growth, Bangladesh’s iron lady seeks re-election
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win a record fourth term in Sunday's elections, drumming up support by promising a development bonanza as her critics question if the South Asian nation's tremendous economic success has come at the expense of its already fragile democracy.
Bangladesh opposition demands chief election official quit
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's main opposition alliance on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner, accusing him of bias, ahead of Sunday's elections while violence worsens, officials and news reports said.
Bangladesh gov’t: Opposition leader Zia can’t contest polls
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's government has announced that opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is ineligible to contest Dec. 30 national elections because she has been sentenced to prison in two corruption cases.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said Sunday that anyone convicted and sentenced to two years or more in jail is not eligible according to a recent Supreme Court ruling.
Bangladesh delays national elections by a week to Dec. 30
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh agreed Monday to delay national elections by a week because of opposition demands for more time to prepare.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said officials decided to shift the date to Dec. 30 in response to the proposals by the opposition parties. The new deadline for filing nominations is Nov. 28.
Bangladesh to hold elections Dec. 23 despite Zia’s arrest
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Election Commission announced Thursday that the next national election will be held Dec. 23, despite the imprisonment of the leader of the main opposition party and the banning of its chief partner.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said in a televised address that all arrangements have been made to ensure the election will be peaceful. Candidates must file their applications on Nov. 19.
Bangladesh court sentences ex-PM Zia to 7 years over graft
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the leader of the country's opposition, was sentenced to seven years in jail on Monday after being found guilty of misusing her power to collect money for a charity named after her late husband. Separately, the Election Commission withdrew the registration of the country's largest Islamist party in another blow for opposition forces.
Bangladesh’s ex-PM transferred from prison to hospital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A medical board formed by Bangladesh's government is evaluating the health of opposition leader Khaleda Zia in the hospital where she was admitted this weekend following complaints that her condition was deteriorating rapidly in a prison in the nation's capital, a doctor said Monday.
Student protests surge in Bangladesh capital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of angry young people took to the streets of Bangladesh's capital again Sunday to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and pro-government activists who attacked them with clubs.
Protests have flared repeatedly in Dhaka since two students were killed last week by speeding buses.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Imprisoned former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is critically ill and needs urgent medical care, a top leader of her party said Tuesday.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a top aide to Zia, said the 72-year-old opposition leader had suffered a recent mild stroke and multiple complications. Doctors have warned that she could be paralyzed if she isn't treated quickly, he said, adding that she can no longer walk on her own.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court on Monday granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
Despite the decision, it was not immediately clear if or when Zia would be freed from jail.
Mahbubey Alam, the country's attorney general, said after Monday's ruling that a move against the bail order would be made in the High Court on Tuesday.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Several hundred opposition supporters staged a protest in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday demanding the release of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who is serving a five-year prison sentence in a corruption case.
The protesters accused police of obstructing their sit-in, and a brief clash occurred when the authorities attempted to arrest a student opposition leader. No injuries were reported in the one-hour demonstration in downtown Dhaka.
Bangladesh High Court accepts appeal by ex-PM in graft case
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday accepted an appeal by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of her five-year prison sentence in a corruption case.
A panel of two judges heard arguments from both sides in a packed courtroom and asked authorities to submit case records to it within 15 days.
The court stayed a decision to fine Zia $250,000 in the verdict and set next Sunday to hear her petition for bail.
Bangladesh ex-PM appeals 5-year jail sentence in graft case
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia appealed a five-year prison sentence in a corruption case on Tuesday, with her lawyers arguing that the verdict was politically motivated and influenced by the government.
Her conviction means that Zia, the opposition leader and archrival of the current prime minister, could be barred from running in December national elections.
Bangladesh court sends former leader Khaleda Zia to prison
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday to five years in prison on corruption charges. The conviction means that Zia, the archrival of the current prime minister, could be barred from running in December national elections.
The Latest: Bangladesh ex-PM sentenced to 5 years in jail
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Bangladeshi former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia (all times local):
A Bangladesh court has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in prison on corruption charges.
The conviction means that Zia, the longtime rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be barred from running in the next national elections scheduled for December.
Bangladesh court issues arrest warrant for former PM Zia
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in eastern Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia involving an arson attack during an anti-government protest two years ago.
Magistrate Joynab Begum issued orders in a packed courtroom in Comilla district against Zia and 48 other opposition activists in the case after a police official pressed charges against them.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday sentenced a son of the country's top opposition leader to seven years in jail in a money laundering case, overturning an acquittal by a lower court.
Tarique Rahman lives in exile but remains an opposition figure and heir apparent to his mother, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, whose rivalry with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina runs deeps and strong in Bangladesh.
Defense lawyer Zainul Abedin said the court also...