2007年 01月 12日

バングラデシュ総選挙延期!!

Asahi.comより

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 バングラデシュのアハメド大統領は11日夜、非常事態を宣言し、午後11時から午前5時までの夜間外出禁止令を出した。国営BSS通信が伝えた。22日に予定する総選挙に対し最大野党のアワミ連盟が率いる野党連合が抗議行動を続け、混乱が深まっていた。「正常な選挙実施は困難」との見方が出ている。

 同国では、与党バングラデシュ民族主義党政権が昨年10月末、5年の任期を終えて、選挙管理内閣に行政や選挙事務を引き継いだ。

 これに対し、野党側は今月3日、「選管内閣が中立でない」と選挙不参加を表明。連日、抗議行動で治安部隊と衝突していた。野党不在の選挙に国連や欧州連合が11日、選挙支援の中止を表明するなど、国際社会の圧力も強まっている。

from BBC.com

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Curfew ends in Bangladesh capital

An overnight curfew in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, imposed under a national state of emergency, has ended.

President Iajuddin Ahmed applied the measures and quit as interim leader in a surprise announcement on Thursday.

He also postponed a planned 22 January vote, saying it was "not possible to hold the elections on schedule".

The move follows weeks of violent protests amid claims by a political alliance, led by the Awami League party, that the vote is being rigged.

Across the country the violence has left more than 40 people dead.

Following the lifting of the overnight curfew early on Friday morning, the streets of Dhaka are again full of traffic, correspondents say.

The state of emergency raised concern in a country which has experienced periods of military rule and coup attempts since independence from Pakistan in 1971.

The measures suspended some basic rights under the constitution, including freedom of movement, assembly and speech.

And although the newspapers contain pictures of Mr Ahmed's late-night television address announcing the state of emergency, private media organisations have already been told to stop broadcasting news and current affairs programmes and newspapers warned not to criticise the government.

The BBC's John Sudworth in Dhaka says nobody knows how long the state of emergency will remain.

Under the Bangladesh constitution the caretaker government must organise elections within 90 days - Thursday's developments take the country into uncertain and uncharted territory.

'Victory for people'

The Awami League party has described the decision to postpone the elections as a "victory for the people".

"By admitting that the voter list had errors, and quitting as head of the interim government, he [the president] has in fact accepted our main demands," opposition spokesman Abdul Jalil told the AFP news agency.

Amending the electoral register was a central demand, as was Mr Ahmed's removal as chief adviser to the caretaker government.

There as no immediate reaction from the rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which stepped down as the ruling party in October to pave the way for the caretaker government.

Mr Ahmed said on Thursday that he would stay on in his largely ceremonial post of president. Nine of 10 members of his caretaker administration are also reported to have resigned.

The president said one of his advisers, Fazlul Haque, would serve as head of the caretaker government until he had named a replacement.

"I will, in a couple of days, appoint a new interim leader to hold an election in which all parties will be able to participate," he told the nation.

Change needed

Mr Ahmed did not specify a new general election date, but made clear there should be key changes before the vote is held.

"We need a flawless voter list to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible."

The Awami League party and its allies announced last week they were boycotting the vote because they said it was not going to be fair.

The party has led mass demonstrations which have at times brought the country to a standstill in recent months. There have been violent clashes between police and supporters of rival political groupings.

The Awami League has long alleged electoral bias in favour of its bitter rival, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left office in October. The BNP rejected the allegations of bias and had said it would take part in the vote.
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by kototora | 2007-01-12 14:26 | life in Dhaka


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