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Dhaka residents hope for development after Sheikh Hasina election win

Dhaka residents woke up on Monday (December 31) to the news of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's election victory giving her a third straight term following a vote that the opposition rejected as rigged.

Local residents reading the morning newspapers said they were happy with the result and looked forward to the country further developing under Hasina’s leadership.

Hasina’s win consolidated her decade-long rule over Bangladesh, where she is credited with improving the economy and promoting development but has also been accused of rampant human rights abuses, a crackdown on the media and suppressing dissent. She denies such charges.

Opposition leader Kamal Hossain said their alliance, the National Unity Front led by the BNP, had called on the Election Commission to order a fresh vote under a neutral administration “as soon as possible”, alleging Sunday’s (December 30) poll was flawed.

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