"We will not pursue politics of vindictiveness and vengeance. We want to present a new culture of politics. Let us come forward to bury all the differences and work together."
in her first press briefing after her party Awami League has won absolute majority in the parliament elections.
“We do not consider the opposition in terms of number as it is very much a part of the government in a parliamentary democratic system.”
"I have found long queues of voters, particularly female voters, in the afternoon in rural areas. So, the turnout figure is not exaggerated…"
head of EU election observer mission
about the national elections.
"We could not continue the drives against corruption with the speed we initially generated in the first year…The anti-graft drives slowed down as we did not get cooperation from many quarters. "
home affairs adviser
outgoing home affairs adviser.
"It would not be wise to ignore the people's verdict. Everybody should respect the people's verdict."
ATM SHAMSUL HUDA
chief election commissioner.
“The major challenges faced by the new government in Bangladesh will be the spiralling prices of agricultural products and the recession of the economy in the wake of the global economic meltdown. It is going to be extremely difficult. But I am sure they [AL leaders] are aware of the challenges.”
head of UN secretary-general's panel for Bangladesh parliamentary elections.
“The results of the elections have proved that the Jatiya Party is not a regional party as it has won 27 seats across the country.”
HUSSEIN MUHAMMAD ERSHAD
“I call it a day. I will be in legal profession as I am a barrister.”
MUHAMMAD JAMIRUDDIN SIRCAR
saying he will never run in the elections again.
“The results of the elections were beyond one's imagination. We may not get a majority, but it is unbelievable that a political party like BNP would win just 25-30 seats. No explanation is enough for this situation.”
Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
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