PM calls for all-party election-time govtUNB / New Age Online
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday proposed forming an all-party election-time government but fell short of saying who will head the interim administration.
‘We want to hold the next parliamentary elections taking all parties with us. It’s my proposal to the opposition party that we can form an ‘all-party government’ comprising all parties for the election period,’ she said in her 21-minute address to the nation televised at 7:30pm.
Sheikh Hasina said the aim of the government is to hold a free, neutral and peaceful election. ‘That’s why I’m proposing the opposition party that you could send names from opposition MPs for including them in the interim cabinet for forming the all-party government so that no one could have any suspicion about the election,’ she said.
In this connection, Hasina said there can be an election removing all mistrusts where people will be able to cast their votes to form their desired government.
‘I request the opposition leader to respond to my plea,’ she said.
The Prime Minister called upon the opposition to help establish democracy on a solid base through a fair, free and neutral election for the welfare of the country and the nation.
About the next general elections, Hasina said as per article 72(1) of the Constitution, the election will be held as per the written advice of the Prime Minister to the President. ‘The Election Commission will declare the election schedule,’ she said.
On holding the next election during the last 90 days of the current Parliament, the Prime Minister said she would put forward the written advice to the President after consulting all the parties, especially the stakeholders of the grand alliance. ‘In this case, I’ll expect advice from the opposition party as well,’ she added.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation at the fag end of her government’s tenure in a move to solve the ongoing political stalemate that casts a shadow on the next general election.
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