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Life returns to normal amid uneasy calm in Bangladesh

The country was rocked by violence during the strike, with clashes between supporters of rival political parties claiming four lives.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 12:01 IST

An uneasy calm prevailed in poll-bound Bangladesh on Tuesday after the Awami League-led 14-party alliance called off a paralysing transport strike, but the political situation remained volatile following the announcement of a slew of measures by the interim government to end the impasse.

Life is slowly returning to normal in the country after Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League-led alliance of 14 parties suspended their two-day communication blockade, called to pressure the government into bringing about electoral reforms.

The country was rocked by violence during the strike, with clashes between supporters of rival political parties claiming four lives.

President Iajuddin Ahmed's caretaker government came out with a package of steps for "credible polls", aimed at appeasing both the 14-party alliance and the coalition headed by Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

"Based on the pledges made by the government for accepting our demands, we are suspending the blockade," Hasina told reporters on Monday night at the party office.

But she said the alliance would stage a four hour sit-in today around the election commission office to push for electoral reforms.

Meanwhile, the BNP maintained it would not accept any decision beyond the Constitution and warned of "action" otherwise.