Bangladesh PM rules out election cancellation
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ruled out on Thursday any last-minute cancellation of weekend elections that have been boycotted by the opposition, accusing her rivals of holding the country hostage.
In a final address to the nation ahead of Sunday's violence-plagued polls, Ms Hasina accused opposition leader Khaleda Zia of shunning dialogue and rejecting an offer to share power in an interim administration.
"We have tried our best to bring the BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) into the elections," Ms Hasina, who is the leader of the ruling Awami League, said in a 40-minute televised address.
"She (Zia) spurned my offer for dialogue and instead chose the path of confrontation.