(Dec. 15, 2008) The Interim Government of Bangladesh has announced a new date for the parliamentary election in Bangladesh, shifting it from December 18 to December 29, 2008. The Government's action was in response to the demands of political parties. One of the country's two major political parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had refused to participate in the election. Parties also demanded that the Government lift the state of emergency before the general election.
In response to these demands, the Interim Government both shifted the election date and gave assurances that the state of emergency would be lifted before the new date. However, it has said that the parties and their candidates will have to abide by an electoral code of conduct. The two major political alliances of Bangladesh have accepted the revised schedule for the election and the Government has expressed hope that the main parties will now participate in the election. (Bangladesh Parliamentary Polls on December 29, ASIAN TRIBUNE, Nov. 24, 2008, available at http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/14371.)