Bangladesh to set election date as opposition cries foul


Dhaka, Nov 08 (TNS): Bangladeshi authorities were set to announce later on Thursday a date for general elections despite the opposition crying foul and threatening protests.

Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda will address the nation live at 7pm local time to announce the date, spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman told Media.

The vote in the South Asian country of 165 million people is likely to be held in late December although the opposition wants it pushed back to March.

The opposition also wants parliament to be dissolved first and for a neutral caretaker government to take office, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected the demands.