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Bangladesh Delays Parliamentary Elections

The election chief in Bangladesh says the country's long-awaited parliamentary elections will be held December 29, 11 days later than originally scheduled.

The election commissioner, A.T.M. Shamsul Huda said Sunday the vote was rescheduled after consultations with the country's two main political parties.

The deadline for submitting nominations also was extended to November 30.

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had asked for the delay, saying her Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies needed more time to prepare for the vote.

The elections are intended to restore democracy to Bangladesh nearly two years after the army imposed emergency rule to end political violence.

The main political parties are demanding the state of emergency be lifted before the election. Authorities have said it might be lifted after the nominating process.

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