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All set for Bangladesh electoral reform talks

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 12:10 IST
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The much-awaited talks on electoral reforms between Bangladesh's main opposition party and ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is set to start today at the National Parliament Building.

The Secretary General of BNP Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Abdul Jalil, the general secretary of the Awami League are set to meet for the talks at 11:30 am local time. It is not known how long the talks will last.

The BNP leads a four-party alliance while the Awami League a 14-party one.

The Opposition has been demanding electoral reforms since mid-2006 to ensure free, fair and transparent voting.

The reform proposals were initially shunned by the governing side, while the talks are set to start after some stumbles.

The Awami League, meanwhile has said the 14-party alliance would continue its street protests including the one scheduled next Sunday.

The opposition alliance is to stage demonstrations in all the district headquarters to protest at disruption in power supply.

The combine parties will go out on demonstrations at Muktangan in Dhaka on the day.

In a realted development, BNP's main ally the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami partys ha set conditions for the talks.

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