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Political alliance: Inadequate to bridge the distance with people


MNA Editorial Desk: With everything on course, we are approaching the 11th national election of Bangladesh to be held very soon. The political field is becoming vulnerable with so many uncertainties revolving around this poll. Few feels that the path is very clear for the ruling party to claim victory and hence forming the government for the third consecutive period. Many people think that there will be some extraordinary movements prior to the poll and the opposition parties will come alive to clinch the victory as they believe the ruling party has lost its touch with the voters. Few movements ...

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Quader says ‘No’ to BNP’s conditional election


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has dismissed the conditions the BNP announced for its participation in the upcoming general election. Bangladesh will not agree to any provisions before it holds an election, the Awami League leader said. Quader described the BNP’s announcement that it would boycott the election again unless Khaleda Zia was released from jail as just ‘cacophonous noise’. “It stinks of conspiracy. We hear hints of violence and sabotage in these words.” “Bangladesh will not hold a conditional election,” he said. “The election will be held according to the constitution. There is no need ...

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Erdogan fights for 2nd term in Turkey election


MNA International Desk: Turks vote for a new president and parliament on Sunday in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule. Erdogan, the most popular but also divisive leader in modern Turkish history, moved the elections forward ...

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Mahathir to become world’s oldest elected leader


MNA International Desk: Mahathir Mohamad will become the world’s oldest elected leader, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s election. The former PM, 92, came out of retirement and switched to the opposition to challenge his former protege Najib Razak, who has been beset by corruption allegations. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957. Mr Mahathir said his coalition would “restore the rule of law”. Mr Najib has not yet commented on his dramatic loss. Official results showed the opposition Pakatan Harapan – the Alliance of Hope – had ...

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Vladimir Putin’s re-election: Agent of change for global politics


MNA Feature Desk: Vladimir Putin has clinched yet another presidential election on March 18, 2018. He will be in his presidential office for the fourth term and will own it for the next six years. The victory was huge with around 77 per cent of the cast votes in his favour though the competition was not much severe for him in the absence of his main rival Alexei Navalny, who had been barred from running because of a fraud conviction. Despite being elected with a large margin, the world leaders seemed to be very slow to congratulate Putin as it ...

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Democracy faces tough reality in BD


MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is trudging though a tough course especially ahead of the coming parliamentary election due to be held in December this year or in early 2019 as provided by the constitution, to mark the end of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s second consecutive five-year term in power. The incumbent PM has already completed four years in her second term and is vying for a third five-year tenure through the polls so her government can finish many unfinished development and infrastructural project to suit the requirements of a middle income country Bangladesh aspires to achieve by 2021. ...

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Election process to begin in Oct: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K M Nurul Huda on Monday said that the process for holding the 11th parliamentary polls will start in October this year. ‘All the political parties will participate in the upcoming national polls,’ hoped the CEC while responding to the reporters at the circuit house. He said that the election may be held in December this year or January in 2019. While replying to a question on BNP’s proposal about ‘supporting government’ to uphold the next general election, he said it is a political matter and the government will take decision over ...

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BNP will not take part in election under Hasina: Khaleda


MNA Editorial Desk: After boycotting the national elections of 2014, BNP has once again made it clear that they will not take part in the next national elections under the Awami League administration. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said, “A fair election is not possible with Hasina in power. I tell the chief election commissioner that it’s your responsibility to hold a credible election in the country,” in a rally in Dhaka on Sunday, when she restated her demand for a ‘neutral government’ for the polls. The 13th constitutional amendment scrapped the provision of a polls-time caretaker government and paved the ...

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BNP attends discussions at Election Commission


MNA National Desk: BNP, a regular critic of the Election Commission (EC), attends the discussions over the upcoming 11th National Elections. The discussion, part of a series of meetings where the EC listens to electoral reform suggestions from the political parties and other stakeholders, began around 11am on Sunday at the Agargaon headquarters of the EC. Standing Committee Members Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Barrister Maudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sarker, Tariqul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Mirza Abbas, Gayshwar Chandra Roy, Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury was among the BNP delegate which came to meet with the ...

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Government shifted position on budget focusing election


MNA Editorial Desk: The government has shifted its position on budget specially VAT, excise duty hike as they are focusing on the upcoming general election in 2019. Finance Minister AMA Muhith backtracked from his decisions to impose 15 percent uniform VAT and raise excise duty on bank accounts of smaller balance to meet the huge expenditure of the next fiscal year after severe criticism. The businessmen kept protesting the new VAT law for a period of over one year. The opposition leaders as well as leaders from the government have raised voices following public concern after Muhith presented the proposed ...

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FBCCI election hearing adjourned till 30 March


MNA Business Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a petition filed over the process of holding election to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) till 30 March. A three-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice S K Sinha, passed the order as there was a mistake in the paperbook. On 23 March last, the chamber judge’s issued the rule after a hearing on the petition filed by the FBCCI against an HC order that stayed the process of holding the election for two months. The Chamber Judge also sent ...

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Ivy Re-Elected as NCC Mayor


MNA Editorial Desk: Selina Hayat Ivy, the ruling Awami League-backed candidate has been re-elected as Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) mayor. She has won by a huge margin as she gained 182% of votes, almost double, of her closest rival BNP-backed Sakhawat. She defeated BNP candidate Sakhawat Hossain Khan by over 79,567 votes and also won her rival’s neighborhood with 1,930 votes, in one of the most peaceful, violence and vandalism-free elections we have seen in quite a long time. An election was held in Narayanganj for the first time in many years with no contestant from the influential Osman family ...

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President Abdul Hamid invites BNP to dialogue

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MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid has invited the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for discussion over reformation of the election commission on 18 December. “The president will start dialogue on the formation of the new EC from 18 December. The first meeting will be held with the BNP at 4:30pm on the day at Bangabhaban,” the president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told to reporters. The president will also hold meetings with Jatiya Party on 20 December, Liberal Democratic Party and Krishak Sramik Janata League on 21 December and Jatiya Samajtantrik Party-Inu on 22 December. Earlier, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) sought ...

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BNP now limited to holding press conferences: Quader

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MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) new general secretary, said that the activities of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are now limited to holding press conferences. Quader said this while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyr members of Bangabandhu’s family at Banani graveyard on Thursday. Stating on coming elections, he said “We have two years and two months for the elections. We shall hold the polls at the scheduled time.” “Any effort by the BNP to make misperception about the general elections would again lead to the BNP ...

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US President Election 2016: Diplomatic Hilary Vs Notorious Trump!

MNA Feature Desk: On upcoming November 8, all eyes of the world will be upon the US voters as on that day they will run to cast their votes in election to select their next president from between the diplomatic Hilary Clinton and the notorious Donald Trump. For its influence on the world economy and politics, the president election of the United States will be of great interest. Already the campaign of this election has been a matter of huge attraction over the world, especially due to the Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has already gained immense criticism for his ...

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Thailand voting on new constitution


MNA International Desk: The citizens of Thailand began voting on Sunday in a referendum on a new junta-backed constitution that would pave the way for a general election in 2017. The ballot is the chief major popularity test for the junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order, led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has repressed political action during the two years since he grabbed power in a 2014 coup. Polls suggested a small lead in favour of accommodating the new constitution, but most voters were unsure. Initial results were projected at around 9pm Hong Kong ...

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Voting ongoing in nine municipalities


MNA National Desk: Voting is ongoing peacefully in nine municipalities that went to polls on Sunday. People are polling in eight municipalities in the fourth stage of the polls with a by-election for the post of mayor in another municipality. The officials of election said that the polling began at 8am on Sunday and will end at 4pm. The by-polls for mayor also taking place at Shariatpur’s Narhia. About 39 candidates are competing for the mayor posts in these municipalities, among them 337 for general councilor and 82 for reserved councilor seats. The eight other municipalities are Ghoraghat in Dinajpur, ...

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Obama called Trump ‘unfit’ to be president


MNA International Desk: Barack Obama called Republican White House nominee Donald Trump ‘unfit’ to be president on Tuesday and called on party leaders to disown him. Obama made this statement at a White House news conference with Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong. He had been asked to comment on Mr Trump in the light of attacks he had launched since last week’s Democratic convention on the family of a Muslim-American soldier slain in Iraq, and foreign policy remarks at the weekend which betrayed a lack of knowledge about the circumstances of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. “The Republican ...

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