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Khaleda Zia elected BNP chief for 3rd consecutive term

Last Updated: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 16:22

Dhaka: Former prime minister and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia was re-elected unopposed as chairperson of her party for the third consecutive term.
BNP`s chief election commissioner TH Khan declared her elected the chairperson for three years as she was the lone candidate for the post.

Her re-election comes ahead of the party`s December 8 National Council meet that comes after a lapse of 16 years to comply with a new election commission law.

The party earlier completed elections in district councils in 50 out of 75 organisational districts while the polls in the rest 25 could not be held due to infighting among the candidates.

Newspaper reports said Zia had to intervene in several of the 50 districts where the councils were held as candidates staged separate conventions and came up with rival committees.

Zia, the arch-rival of ruling Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was last time elected unopposed the party chief in 1993 while she was installed as BNP chief in 1983, two years after the assassination of her husband former president Ziaur Rahman, who founded the BNP.

Both BNP and Awami League witnessed a major shake over internal reforms during the past military backed interim government under state of emergency as "reformists" leaders of both the parties sought to clip party chiefs "absolute powers" to ensure internal democracy.


First Published: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 16:22

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