GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) —In what the opposition labeled a “farcical” election, Sheikh Hasina has won a third consecutive term as Bangladesh prime minister.
Hasina’s ruling party, the Awami League, captured 288 of the 298 parliamentary seats — although cries of widespread voter irregularities, violence and intimidation were rampant.
The opposition swiftly condemned the results, accusing the governing party of voter fraud and calling for a new election.
Meanwhile, under Hasina’s leadership, Bangladesh has reportedly enjoyed unprecedented GDP growth and a booming garment industry.
Bangladesh is reportedly the world’s second-largest garment exporter after China.
However, the 71-year-old also has been accused of authoritarianism and human rights violations — often accused of killing and jailing the opposition.
During this election, there were claims by the opposition that thousands of its activists had been arrested leading up to the election.