In the Bangladesh general elections, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her fifth term as the Awami League Party, despite a low turnout and opposition boycott.
The counting of votes revealed the Awami League’s early lead, winning 216 out of 224 seats on Sunday, while the results for the remaining seats are pending, according to the country’s Election Commission.
The election faced criticism for low voter participation, yet Hasina’s victory raises questions about the democratic process and political dynamics in Bangladesh.
The outcome underscores the dominance of Hasina’s party in the political landscape, despite concerns about the electoral process.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won an overwhelming majority, amidst the boycott by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by former PM Khaleda Zia, who is currently in jail.
Following the boycott led by an opposition party she branded a ‘terrorist organisation,’ Hasina’s ruling Awami League ‘has won the electiom,’ an Election Commission spokesman told AFP.
The government under the Awami League has presided over rapid economic growth, but reports of rampant human rights abuses and a ruthless opposition crackdown have raised eyebrows.
With the re-election, the Bangladesh PM retains her title as the world’s longest-serving female head of government.
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