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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (and Islamists) wins municipal elections
ICC Note:
It’s a win for Islamists as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won 60% of the vote in all the cities holding municipal elections. This comes on the heels of the strikes sponsored by Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and Hefajat-e-Islam (“Protector of Islam”) that resulted in violence, bloodshed and death. Persecution of Christians is on the rise in Bangladesh.
By Sumon Corraya
06/17/2013 Bangladesh (AsiaNews)- The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has won the municipal elections in all four cities voting yesterday: Sylhet, Barisal, Khulna and Rajshahi. According to the National Election Commission, about 1.2 million voters, at least 80%, went to the polls. In general, the BNP candidate got 60% of the vote, against 40% of the ruling party Awami League candidates.
The clear BNP victory is a sign for both the country and for the AL. For months, the Nationalist Party has been supporting hartal (strikes) and events organized by the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party), which have often resulted in violence. Since February, the Jamaat has been battling the verdicts of the war crimes tribunals, created by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to judge the crimes committed by members of the Islamist party during the conflict that led to the independence of Bangladesh. Among the protagonists of these hartal, which have plunged the country and the population into almost constant tension, is Hefajat-e-Islam (“Protector of Islam”), one of Islamic fundamentalist groups that has sprung up like mushrooms in recent months, born within the numerous madrassas (Koranic schools) that are spread throughout Bangladesh.

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