Bangladeshi BNP calls for 36-hour non-stop hartal from June 12

15:37, June 10, 2011      

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Bangladesh's main opposition party in the parliament, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies Friday called for a 36-hour countrywide non-stop hartal starting from Sunday morning in protest against the government move to annul the non-party caretaker government system.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the BNP, announced the hartal program at a press conference at the party's central office here in Dhaka on Friday morning.

The hartal, which is the second general strike being enforced by the main opposition in one week, will be observed from 6:00 a.m. local time on Sunday to 6 p.m. local time on Monday, he said.

The main opposition party and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh enforced the latest hartal on June 5 in protest against the government move to annul the non-party caretaker government system.

The non-party caretaker government of Bangladesh is a form of government system in which the country is ruled by a selected government for an interim period during transition from one government to another, after the completion tenure of the former.

As the outgoing government hands over their power, the caretaker government comes into place and its main objective is to create an environment in which an election can be held in a free and fair manner without any political influence of the outgoing government.

The South Asian country's Supreme Court (SC) on May 10 declared illegal the constitutional provision for the non-party caretaker government system in the country.

The court has repealed the 13th amendment in the constitution that introduced the non-party caretaker government system but said the next 10th and 11th parliamentary elections may be held under the system to avoid any chaos.

Although the Supreme Court declared illegal the caretaker government system, it gave the country's parliament the liberty to decide whether the next two elections will be held under the system or not.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on June 1 announced a 12- hour strike for June 5, which was supported by its key ally Jamaat- e-Islami Bangladesh, a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said there is no scope to keep the non-party caretaker government system to hold the next parliamentary election as the Supreme Court declared it illegal.

BNP chief Khaleda Zia, also two-time former prime minister of the country, at a news briefing on June 4 vowed to give non-stop programs if the government did not give up its plan to repeal the non-party government system to hold a free and fair election in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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