Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Parties having parliamentary seats may be in interim administration
September 29th, 2018 at 1:36 pm
Parties having parliamentary seats may be in interim administration

Dhaka – An interim administration may be formed comprising representatives from parties having seats in parliament to oversee the upcoming nation election due by December this year.

“We may form a government during the election comprising the parties having representation in parliament, if they want so,” the Prime Minister told a press conference in New York on Friday.

“But there is no definition of election-time government here,” she clarified at the conference arranged at Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nation over her participation in the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Hasina, who is now in an official visit to the United States attending the UN General Assembly, also said she would not mind if the opposition parties wish to be in that government.

Bangladesh is getting prepared for the general election as the election commission has hinted the voting will be taken place after the middle of December.

The tenure to the current 10th parliament will be expired this year as the Awami League-led coalition managed to assumed office after the January 5 election in January 4, 2014.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the then opposition in parliament, boycotted the polls fearing vote rigging under a partisan government. The party wanted a non-party election-time government to oversee the voting.

The BNP now trying to forge unity with a group of civic actors, who formed a platform apparently to take part in the election, to reap a better election result.

To a question about the recently passed Digital Security Act 2018, Prime Minister Hasina said cybercrime is now a big concern across the world.

“We’ve enacted the law against cybercrime not against journalists,” she said adding that cybercrime has emerged as a global problem after terrorism and militancy.

Bangladeshi journalists, global human rights groups and European Union have urged Bangladeshi government to revise the law as it appeared to be an instrument for gagging freedom of speech.

But, the Prime Minister defended the law and criticized the journalists, saying that the journalists see only one side of the law. “Journalists have nothing to do with the law,” she said.

Cyber security was also discussed in a segment of the United Nations General Assembly, she said adding that all were worried about it as various social offences and terror and militant acts are provoked through cyber means.

“Journalists should not be worried if they are doing responsible journalism,” she said.

Hasina arrived in New York on September 23 and delivered her speech in the UN General Assembly on Thursday. She is expected to come back home on October 1.

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