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Bangladesh Says State of Emergency Will Not Be Lifted Before Elections

Bangladesh's interim government says it will not lift the country's state of emergency before general elections in December.

But government adviser Anwarul Iqbal Thursday stressed that emergency measures will be eased to allow politicians to campaign properly.

On Wednesday, during a visit to Dhaka, European Union parliament member Nirj Deva said the EU remains concerned about the state of emergency.

He said the EU does not send election observers to any country where a state of emergency is in place.

Earlier this week, Bangladeshis voted in local elections. It was the first poll since the military-backed interim government imposed emergency rule early last year.

The head of Bangladesh's independent National Election Observation Council, Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, declared the vote to be "fair and credible."

He said there was no sign of rigging, fraud or violence in Monday's polls.

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