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Bangladesh Prepares for National Polls

Bangladesh is all set to hold its first national elections in seven years on Monday. Security has been beefed up across the country and thousands of troops have been deployed to maintain order.

A political rally in Dhaka

A political rally in Dhaka

The polls will end nearly two years of army-backed rule and hand over power to an elected government.

Bangladesh has been run by a caretaker government, which cancelled elections in January 2007 and imposed a state of emergency, after months of political violence brought the country to a standstill.

Since then, the government has pushed through key electoral reforms and compiled a photo-based voter list, which has eliminated nearly 13 million fake voters.

There has also been a nationwide crackdown on corruption over the past two years.

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  • Date 26.12.2008
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