Bangladeshi ruling get together invitations main opposition alliance for talks over polls

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DHAKA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party has invited for talks with a newly floated major opposition alliance over the general election slated for December.

AL’s office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap Tuesday morning hand-delivered an invitation letter to the opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain.

According to the letter, the talks will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time on Nov. 1 at the prime minister’s official residence in Dhaka.

Obaidul Quader, AL general secretary and the country’s road transport and bridges minister, had earlier said Hasina decided to sit in talks as the alliance’s leader Hossain Sunday wrote a letter to the premier seeking a dialogue.

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) earlier this month forged the alliance “Jatiya Oikya Front (United National Front)”.

The alliance led by Hossain, a former foreign minister and a prominent lawyer who drafted Bangladesh constitution after the country’s independence in 1971, has been demanding the upcoming 11th national election under a nonpartisan government and the immediate release of all political prisoners including BNP chairperson Zia, who has been in jail since February in a corruption case.

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