Landslide victory for Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League in Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina has been lauded for boosting economic growth in the poor country. Her critics accuse her of authoritarianism and crippling the opposition.

Bangladesh’s Awami League party and its allies won 288 seats out of 300 in the Parliament followed by deadly violence and bitter rivalry as nearly 20 people were killed in clashes during the polls.

Ruling Awami League’s Prime Minister Hasina has secured a fourth term with the landslide victory.

Hasina, 77, is daughter of Bangladesh’s first president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Opposition alliance led by Bangladesh National Party slammed the elections as “farcical” and accused the government of rigging in the elections.

The Bangladesh National Party is demanding fresh election under a neutral government. They said, the ruling party used stuffed ballot boxes and other illegal means to fix the results.

Hasina’s government mounted a crackdown on the opposition.

She has been lauded for boosting economic growth in the poor country but her critics accuse her of authoritarianism and crippling the opposition.

The government authorities imposed tight security with 600,000 troops, police and other security forces deployed across the country.