Bangladesh: former PM's house closed off ahead of protest

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party plan protest to mark a year since controversial Jan. 5 elections

Bangladesh: former PM's house closed off ahead of protest

World Bulletin/News Desk

The leader of Bangladesh's main opposition coalition has had her house cordoned off by police since Saturday amid heightened political tensions. 

The special secretary for former prime minister Khaleda Zia told reporters she has stayed within her office throughout Sunday. 

Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party have planned a rally on Monday, to mark a year since the contentious Jan. 5 2014 general election. 

The party boycotted the election, which was marked by violence, over the removal of a system for a caretaker government to be implemented during the election period. 

Police in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka said that all political rallies have been banned from 5 p.m. on Sunday onwards. 

Police have also locked the party's central office and detained joint Secretary-General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has not yet been given permission for its rally but said it will go ahead with its plans anyway. 

The ruling Awami League have also planned political rallies throughout the capital. 

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has repeatedly called for new elections to be held after their boycott led to the ruling Awami League winning with more than half of the seats in parliament being uncontested. 

 

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