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Mixed views on party system
Move to scrap interim administrations widens political divisionsBangladesh's parliament
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 1, 2011
The caretaker system is when an administration is selected for an interim period during the transition from one government to another following the expiry of the formerâ€™s term of office.
A special parliamentary committee led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaâ€™s Awami League yesterday agreed with an earlier Supreme Court ruling to scrap the system. However, the main Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is against the move, calling it a â€śmaster-planâ€ť for vote rigging and for Hasina to hang onto power.
â€śThe caretaker system is not logical. We need to legally accept the verdict of the court,â€ť said coadjutor Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick Dâ€™Rozario of Dhaka.
â€śThe opposition needs to go to parliament to solve the issue through dialogue, for the good of the people. Otherwise, Iâ€™m afraid the country will move towards instability and anarchy,â€ť the archbishop added.
Deepak Peris, 44, a Catholic leader and secretary of one of the Bangladeshâ€™s credit unions agreed.
â€śWe should respect the court verdict and the opposition needs to express their concerns in parliament,â€ť he said.
However, lawyer John Gomes, disagreed.
â€śThe court verdict was biased because the government controls the judiciary. The government has placed their own people in all levels of government,â€ť he said.
Hasina says she aims to strengthen and make the election commission independent, introduce an electronic voting system and transparent ballot boxes to make elections fair.
She also appealed yesterday for the BNP to express their opinions regarding the issue in parliament.
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