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Bangladesh frees opposition leader after two weeks: Supporters

Published on Jan 11, 2014 11:54 PM

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladesh authorities on Saturday allowed opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia to leave her home to attend a meeting, in what her staff said was the first relaxation of a "virtual house arrest" that has lasted more than two weeks.

Supporters say Khaleda had been prevented from leaving her residence before and after a violence-plagued parliamentary election won by the ruling Awami League.

The outcome was never in doubt after a boycott by her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

But a spokesman for the BNP told reporters that Khaleda left her home for a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Lee Jung at her office in the city on Saturday.

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