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Bangladesh PM Hasina wins third straight term despite vote-rigging claims

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Bangladesh PM Hasina wins third straight term despite vote-rigging claims

Bangladesh PM Hasina wins third straight term despite vote-rigging claims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's alliance won Bangladesh's election with a thumping majority, the country's Election Commission said on Monday, giving her a third straight term following a vote that the opposition rejected as rigged.

Emily Wither reports.

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Bangladesh PM Hasina wins third straight term despite vote-rigging claims

In deadly elections in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's alliance has won a thumping majority.

Handing her a third straight term in a vote that the opposition rejected as rigged.

At least 17 people were killed as the voting took place.

It came after a violent campaign during which the opposition alleged the government denied it a level playing field.

The win has consolidated Hasina's decade-long rule over the country.

She's credited with improving the economy and promoting development but has also been accused of rampant human rights abuses and a crackdown on media, charges she denies.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which boycotted the last poll in 2014, won just six seats.

There are 298 up for grabs.

One of Hasina's first tasks after she takes office could be to raise minimum wages for workers in Bangladesh's massive garments industry.

It's the worlds second biggest after China.

The opposition leader is calling on the Election Commission to order a fresh vote under a neutral administration.

His candidates reported witnessing ballot stuffing and vote rigging by ruling party activists.

He also claims they barred opposition polling agents from voting centers.

The Election Commission says it's investigating allegations of vote rigging from across the Muslim-majority country.




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