May 17, 2021

The UN regrets violence during elections in Bangladesh and calls for containment

The UN regrets violence during elections in Bangladesh and calls for containment



The UN regretted today "the loss of lives and injuries suffered by candidates and voters during the election campaign and the day of the elections" held in Bangladesh this Sunday and that have given an overwhelming victory to the party Awami League, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"The United Nations is aware of the violent incidents and reports of irregularities in the general elections in Bangladesh," the United Nations said through its spokesperson.

Likewise, the UN welcomed the participation in the elections for the first time in ten years of the opposition.

The opposition coalition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called the general elections a "farce" and called for a repeat of the elections.

At least 19 people died during the elections, 17 of them during the day of the vote, between crossed accusations of the opposition and the ruling party, which achieved a landslide victory getting 288 of the 300 seats in the election.

"We call on all parties to exercise restraint and ensure a peaceful post-election environment, in which people can maintain their right to meet and express themselves," the UN stressed in a statement, insisting that the attacks to people and against property "are not acceptable".

After today's results, Hasina is called to exercise a third consecutive term and the fourth of her political career, as Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

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