Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won the historic election for the fifth term after a group of opposition leaders boycotted the vote. PM Hasina had earlier termed the opposition a “terrorist organization”. In her statement, she said, “The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) is a terrorist organization. I am trying my best to ensure that democracy should continue in this country.”
As per the country’s election commission, PM Hasina’s Awami League Party has won more than 50% of the seats. As the counting of the votes began, it was observed that the Awami League had taken the lead, winning 216 seats out of the total 299 seats. According to various television reports, the independent candidates took 52 seats, and the Jatiya Party took 11 seats.
With this historic feat, PM Sheikh Hasina has created history by becoming the longest-serving female head of the state. The Awami League Party has won its fourth consecutive term in the elections, but this is PM Hasina’s fifth overall term as the head of the state.
PM Hasina has proved her capability as she presided over the breakneck economic growth in the country that was once grappling with extreme poverty. Her party has also faced continuous accusations of human rights violations and the ruthless handling of the opposition leaders. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which is the country’s opposition party, called for a general strike while refusing to take part in the “sham election”.
An election commission spokesman for the country has addressed the media, “We can call the Awami League winner with the already available results.”
As per the Dhaka Tribune, anti-election activities have been carried out since last year by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, whose leader and former Prime Minister of the country, Khaleda Zia, is serving his jail term. PM Hasina has been ruling the South Asian nation since 2009. This year, the country witnessed a low turnout due to the ongoing tensions between the political parties.
India has been a great friend to its neighboring nation. It has always stood with Bangladesh during the nation’s trying times. In the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, India played a strategic role. Hasina, in her statements, has always mentioned India as a “trusted friend” of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. He played a prominent role in the country’s liberation from Pakistan. In 1975, he died in a military coup where all of his family members except his daughters, Sheikh Hasina and her sister Rehana, were killed. Both sisters survived the attack because they were abroad. After this, they lived in exile till she was elected President of the Awami League in 1981 and returned to Bangladesh.
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