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Uncertainty in Bangladesh after violence-hit election

Published on Jan 6, 2014 12:22 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh stared into the political abyss on Monday after the ruling Awami League romped to victory in a blood-soaked election which was dismissed as a farce by the opposition.

The outcome of Sunday's poll was never in doubt after the opposition boycotted the contest, with 153 Awami League candidates or allies elected unopposed to the 300-seat parliament even before polling day.

With results in from all but eight of the 147 contested seats, the party had been confirmed as the winner in 105, while allied parties or nominal independents mopped up the other 34. A final result was expected later on Monday.

But the deaths of at least 18 people in election-day violence, which saw hundreds of polling stations attacked by opposition supporters, underlined the polarisation in a country that only won its independence in 1971.

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