World Bulletin/News Desk
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed an all-party interim government to conduct the upcoming parliamentary elections, ruling out the formation of a caretaker government for the poll time.
“We want to hold the next parliamentary elections taking all parties with us,” Sheikh Hasina said in a 21-minute televised speech to the nation on Friday.
“It’s my proposal to the opposition party that we can form an all-party government comprising all parties for the election period,” the premier said, but stopping short of saying who will head the proposed interim government.
Sheikh Hasina ruled out a return to the non-party caretaker government being formed to run the elections – a main demand raised by all opposition parties in the the South Asian country.
Sheikh Hasina, president of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League, called upon the opposition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to select their representatives to join the proposed government.
However, she blamed the BNP for not going ahead with “concrete discussions” on the arrangements ahead of the elections, and rather placing an adjournment motion in the parliament as part of pressures to form a non-political caretaker government to take charge.
“I request the opposition leader to respond to my plea. [I hope] she will accept my request and value our goodwill with a positive gesture.” she said.
There has been no date set yet for the elections. Under the recently amended constitution, elections should be held within 90 days before expiry of current parliament, which tenure would end on January 24.Last Mod: 18 Ekim 2013, 21:50