Bangladesh opposition reject ‘farcical’ election and demand new vote

Dozens of candidates pull out, claiming ruling Awami League rigged country’s first contested election in a decade

The leader of Bangladesh’s opposition alliance has described Sunday’s general election as farcical, saying any outcome would be rejected and demanding that a new vote be held.

At least 17 people were killed during voting in the country’s first contested elections in a decade. Dozens of candidates pulled out of the contest on the day, claiming the ruling Awami League had rigged the vote to secure a record third consecutive term for the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.

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