Landslide win for ex-PM Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh pollBangladesh's former premier Sheikh sheikh
Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. Hasina Wajed won the country's first election since 2001 in a landslide Tuesday, crushing her bitter rival to retake re·take
tr.v. re·took , re·tak·en , re·tak·ing, re·takes
1. To take back or again.
2. To recapture.
3. To photograph, film, or record again.
1. power in the impoverished south Asian nation Noun 1. Asian nation - any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" .
The election commission said Sheikh Hasina's Awami League Awami League, political organization in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was founded in 1949 as an opposition party in Pakistan and had a moderately socialist ideology. party had won 229 of the 295 seats in parliament counted so far, giving her an overwhelming win in Monday's vote with just a handful of results still to be tallied.
"She has a clear majority to govern without any other party," commission spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman Professor Dr. M. Asaduzzaman (Bengali: অধ্যাপক আসাদুজ্জামান) is a former chairman of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (BUGC). told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
Her rival Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী দল Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Dôl (BNP BNP B-type natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide Physiology A 32-residue peptide hormone produced predominantly in the ventricles, secreted in response to fluid overload–eg, CHF. See Atrial natriuretic peptide. ), which won the last election in 2001 by a huge margin, garnered only 27 seats in the ballot, which ended two years of rule by an army-backed caretaker government.
"There have been a lot of irregularities," BNP spokesman Rizvi Ahmed said.
"Our supporters have been kept from voting, and our polling agents and officials have been barred from performing their duties."
Sheikh Hasina and Zia, known as the battling begums, ruled alternately from 1991 until the interim government was installed, and their bitter personal rivalry has been blamed for paralysing political life in the country.
The caretaker regime made efforts to shake up the system, and went so far as to jail both women for corruption, but agreed to release them to contest the election.
Although polling was peaceful, there are concerns that the restoration of democracy will see the country slip back into the negative, confrontational politics of the past.
Newspapers hailed Sheikh Hasina's performance, with the English-language Daily Star describing the win as "stunning" proof that the country was "hungry for change."
A UN-funded digital electoral roll, which eliminated 12.7 million fake names, appeared to have put a lid on the widespread vote rigging seen in previous polls, observers said.
Manzoor Hasan, director of BRAC Brač (bräch), Ital. Brazza, island (1991 pop. 13,824), 152 sq mi (394 sq km), off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. It is a popular summer resort and tourist spot. Supetar (Ital. University's Institute of Governance Studies in Dhaka, said the next 48 hours were crucial in deciding whether the BNP accepted the result.
He also warned that with such a big majority, Sheikh Hasina carried an enormous responsibility.
"This is the danger of an absolute majority with any government. The possibility that it will steamroll steam·roll·er
a. A steam-driven machine equipped with a heavy roller for smoothing road surfaces.
b. A similar machine with an internal-combustion engine.
2. the opposition and do whatever the government wants to do," he said.
The election attracted a record voter turnout of 85 percent, with the figure reaching 90 percent in rural areas, the Election Commission said.
An EU monitoring team said its early reports indicated that voting was largely peaceful, turnout high and procedures followed "adequately."
"All Bangladeshis can take great pride in the success of these elections," the US State Department said in a statement on its website.
"The high voter turnout underscores the people's desire to see democracy restored as well to have a voice in their future," the statement said.
The Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, the BNP's key partner, was way down on the 17 seats it won in 2001, winning just two this time.
The army-backed government took power in January 2007 following months of political unrest in which at least 35 people were killed.
Some 50,000 troops had been on alert nationwide during Monday's voting, while 600,000 police officers were deployed to crack down on fraud or disruption at the 35,000 polling booths.
There were also 200,000 observers monitoring the poll, including 2,500 from abroad.
The Awami League, formed in 1948, traditionally had socialist economic policies but Hasina, 61, has moved it towards backing private sector expansion.
Sheikh Hasina's father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, led Bangladesh in its liberation struggle against Pakistan in 1971 and was assassinated as·sas·si·nate
tr.v. as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing, as·sas·si·nates
1. To murder (a prominent person) by surprise attack, as for political reasons.
2. in a 1975 military coup.