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Bangladesh opposition protests escalate, demand PM’s resignation

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Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka witnessed violent clashes between police and opposition protesters on Saturday, as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies intensified their demand for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down and pave the way for a neutral caretaker government to oversee the next general election, expected in early 2023.

Tens of thousands of BNP supporters rallied in Dhaka on Friday, accusing Hasina’s Awami League (AL) government of authoritarianism, corruption, and failing to tackle inflation. The BNP also demanded that the next election be held under a caretaker government, a system that was scrapped by the AL government in 2011 following a Supreme Court verdict.

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