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Bangladesh Opposition Party Calls for Parliamentary Polls by June

Bangladesh's main opposition party is calling for the interim government to hold parliamentary elections by the middle of this year.

A senior member of the opposition Awami League (AMAMuhit) Wednesday said the party wants the election in June, at the latest.

On Tuesday, the chief of the caretaker government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, said the vote cannot be held until democratic reforms are implemented.

The parliamentary election was originally scheduled for January 22, but the caretaker government has postponed it indefinitely.

That government declared a state of emergency and suspended the elections after months of crippling opposition protests demanding electoral reform.

The interim administration has vowed to crack down on political corruption.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.