Early results show Bangladesh PM heading for landslide win

Bangladeshi army personnel patrolling a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka yesterday. Election-related violence killed 17 people yesterday, a police spokesman said.
Bangladeshi army personnel patrolling a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka yesterday. Election-related violence killed 17 people yesterday, a police spokesman said.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

DHAKA • Early results showed that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was headed for a landslide victory in the general election yesterday, local TV reported.

According to Channel 24, which is compiling results from around the country, Ms Hasina raced into a clear lead, quickly securing 19 seats against zero for the opposition.

The opposition has rejected the election results and demanded a fresh vote.

"We urge the election commission to void this farcical result immediately," opposition leader Kamal Hossain said. "We are demanding that a fresh election is held under a neutral government as early as possible," he added.

Meanwhile, election-related violence killed 17 people yesterday, a police spokesman said, including seven people from the ruling party and five from the opposition alliance. Spokesman Sohel Rana also said that more than 20 people were injured.

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