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More unrest feared as Bangladesh holds 'farce' vote

Published on Jan 3, 2014 12:27 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is certain to cement her grip on power this Sunday at elections boycotted by her rivals and shunned by the West after unprecedented bloodshed.

While she says the election will allow her to "eliminate militancy", analysts warn it will spark more unrest after the bloodiest year in Bangladesh's short and troubled history.

A poll in the normally pro-government Dhaka Tribune on Friday showed 77 per cent of voters were against the election without the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The same survey showed the BNP would have won a narrow victory over the president's Awami League but the result is not in doubt as most of the seats are uncontested.

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