The nationalists and Islamists in Bangladesh will end cooperation following last month's election results according to the Sunday reports.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by the country's two-term prime minister Khaleda Zia and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) "will now work from their own standpoint", said BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain.
He said the four-party alliance of the BNP, JeI and a conglomerate of minor Islamist parties was formed "for elections only".
"From now on, we'll work from our own standpoint," said Hossain.
The alliance had won the 2001 parliamentary poll and had shared power for five years. With 18 lawmakers, the Jamaat had two ministers holding key portfolios. Jamaat's Amir (chief) Motiur Rahman Nizami was the country's industry minister for five years.
Hossain said the BNP and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami "will work from their respective platforms in present political context", New Age newspaper said Sunday.
The BNP that enjoyed a two-thirds majority in the eighth parliament won only 27 seats.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won the election.
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