World Bulletin / News Desk
Bangladesh's opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia met late Tuesday with President Abdul Hamid and set eight demands to end the lingering political crisis in the country, including the resignation of incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"We have requested him as guardian of the state to take initiative dialogue to resolve the crisis," Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the acting Secretary General of Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), told reporters after the meeting.
Zia along with 20 members of the 18-party opposition alliance discussed the country's political impasse with the president at the Darbar Hall President house in the capital Dhaka.
Alamgir said that during the one-hour meeting Zia set eight demands to end the political stalemate, including the removal of Sheikh Hasina.
Other demands included reformation of the Election Commission and the deployment of army personnel during the national election.
Abdul Hamid on Monday swore in a new eight-member, election-time cabinet under Sheikh Hasina.
The 18-party opposition criticized the new three-party cabinet and staged a demonstration in Dhaka to protest its formation.
The opposition alliance is demanding the formation of a non-partisan caretaker government to hold and supervise the parliamentary elections.
Under the country's recently amended constitution, elections must be held before the outgoing parliament ends its tenure on January 24.Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2013, 09:33