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Bangladesh election panel chief likely to quit

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 17:30 IST

Bangladesh's controversial Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz may proceed on leave, ending the political impasse that has made parliamentary elections due next January uncertain.

A formal announcement to this effect could come Wednesday, New Age newspaper said.

President Iajuddin Ahmed, who is also the Chief Adviser of the interim government that is to conduct the polls, sent a team of Advisers 'requesting' him to go on leave since Aziz had refused to step down earlier, questioning the government's constitutional right to remove him.

Analysts note that this has taken over three weeks since Ahmad took his dual office on October 29, during which violence has led to the death of at least 30 people and injuring hundreds.

The 14-party Awami League-led alliance that resumed its agitation for the third time on Monday said the indefinite stir would continue till Aziz quits office.

The movement has been strengthened with the Jatiya Party of former president HM Ershad joining the agitation.

There has been continuing violence with five more people killed on Tuesday.

Envoys of the US and Britain, trying to facilitate a way out to the stalemate, have also expressed reservations about Aziz continuing in office.

They have urged the caretaker government to act quickly and end the political impasse so that the elections due in January can be held in free and fair manner.