BNP wants UN intervention over CG

The visiting UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco has underscored the need for holding the next general election in Bangladesh on the basis of a national consensus. His suggestions came at a meeting with BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office in the capital on Saturday evening, BNP vice chairman

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Demand for referendum on caretaker govt issue

Speakers at a dialogue on Saturday urged the government for arranging referendum to restore caretaker government system to save the country’s democracy, economy and industrial sectors.
Dialogue-2013 to protect democracy and national economy was held in the city’s Diploma Engineers Institute with eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair. Among others,

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Ministers reject Khaleda’s CG call

Dismissing the demand of the leader of the Opposition, Khaleda Zia, for restoration of the old format of the caretaker government (CG), information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said on Sunday that this demand went against the court’s verdict. “Even after knowing about the oppression carried out by the past caretaker governments, she is still demanding the same thing.

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Talks anywhere, anytime

* CG issue should be on the agenda: BNP * Formal proposal in next two days: Ashraf
Dhaka, May 2: Prime minister and president of the ruling Awami League Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to sit for a dialogue to resolve the long-standing political stalemate that gripped the country for the last couple of years. She said that that she was ready to discuss the wayout of the current political

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Full judgment vs short order

Caretaker Govt System
Full judgment vs short order
2 judges dissent from suggestions for polls time govt with MPs, small cabinet
Former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque’s suggestions for a caretaker government comprising lawmakers and a small polls-time cabinet
do not conform to the short order delivered in May last year.
Appellate Division Judge Abdul Wahhab Mia said this in his part in the full verdict declaring

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Fakhruddin’s govt unconstitutional

Caretaker System Verdict
Fakhruddin’s govt unconstitutional
SC condones it for people’s sake
The nearly two-year rule of the past caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed was “absolutely unconstitutional”, observed the Supreme Court in its verdict in the constitution’s 13th amendment case.
It also said keeping the state of emergency for about two years without the approval of parliament seemed illegal on the face of

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CG may be in place in new form for next two polls

SC releases full text of 13th amendment verdict
The Supreme Court on Sunday released the full text of its judgment that declared unconstitutional and illegal the Constitution (Thirteenth Amendment) Act, 1996 with prospective effect from May 10, 2011.
The full text of the verdict was released by former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque and six other judges of the Appellate Division – Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, Justice SK Sinha,

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Chief adviser from ex-chief justices

Interim Govt For Polls
Chief adviser from ex-chief justices 
BNP to propose formula after Eid
The BNP plans to make a formal proposal to restore the non-partisan caretaker government system with a change in the provision of appointment of the chief adviser.
Keeping in mind the political chaos over the appointment of the chief adviser in 2006, the party may propose a system that will have the chief adviser chosen from

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‘Small cabinet’ during polls

PM invites BNP to join interim govt; Khaleda says ‘no’
Ruling out the restoration of caretaker government system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested forming a “small cabinet” including the opposition ahead of the next parliamentary polls.
In an interview scheduled for broadcast today, Hasina told BBC Bangla Service that she would allow if the opposition wants to be part of the government

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CG needed to prevent rigging in polls

Says Akbar Ali
Amid a standoff between the government and the main opposition over the caretaker government (CG) system, former adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the system is necessary to prevent rigging in the polls.
“It is not possible for the Election Commission alone to hold a free, fair and neutral election. It might stop a small-scale rigging,” the former caretaker government adviser told a roundtable discussion at

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Caretaker system declared illegal

HIGHLIGHTS
o 13th amendment unconstitutional
o Caretaker govt may hold next 2 JS polls for ‘safety’
o Judges may be kept out of caretaker govt
The Supreme Court has declared illegal a 15-year-old constitutional provision that mandates an elected government to transfer power to an unelected non-partisan caretaker administration to oversee a new parliamentary election on completion of its term.
In the same verdict yesterday the highest court said the voided system

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Martial law, if CG system cancelled: Jurist Mahmudul

Eminent jurist Mahmudul Islam on Thursday told the Supreme Court that martial law will be imposed in the country due to the existing situation and mentality of the politicians if the caretaker government system is cancelled.
The caretaker government system has been introduced for the interest of democracy and

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Amici curiae want revision of caretaker govt system

Senior Supreme Court lawyers Rafique-ul Huq and M Zahir on Wednesday told the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court that the caretaker government system should be revised by dropping the provision for appointing former judges as chief adviser or adviser.
The system of holding national elections under the caretaker government is still a necessity but

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