"Our all endeavours would turn into despair unless a healthy and stable democracy is introduced. To that end, our first task is to reach consensus on all issues towards qualitative improvement of politics."
in a speech to the nation
saying, “In this context, we expect a successful implementation of voluntary internal reforms of all political parties. The nation today wants to see a successful implementation of cherished reforms for creating a trend of democratic attitudes within political parties, as well as to make inroads for honest, worthy and dynamic leadership.”
"We don't know whether the caretaker government will try them. We will implement the legal framework if the government provides us with one."
ATM SHAMSUL HUDA
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
The CEC has recently said that it is the jurisdiction of the government to try the war criminals.
"Boycott is not nice and not something we like. But it does not mean an election cannot be free, fair and credible -- not a sine qua non."
European Commission Ambassador.
He has also said, “The EU is convinced that elections in 2008 are essential for securing sustainable democracy in Bangladesh and securing progress towards the goal of achieving the status of a middle-income country.”
"If they boycott, political parties would have to bear the responsibilities of bringing back a situation similar to that before the state of emergency was declared (in January 11, 2007)."
German Ambassador to Bangladesh.
"She is a great campaigner who will be the last to accept failure - even if that means that she will always be more admired than loved."
about Hillary Clinton.
" The EC will ask the government to respond to the popular demand."
MUHAMMED SOHUL HUSSAIN
about the demand for the trial of war criminals.
QUOTATIONS ARE TAKEN FROM DIFFERENT LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS.
Compiled by: AHMEDE HUSSAIN
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