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>Awami League pledges to review caretaker system

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>AWAMI League (AL) in its draft electoral manifesto pledged to review, if needed, the caretaker government system and will continue electoral reforms to strengthen the country’s election system. (Full Article)
AL policymakers made plans to come up with the promise as the formation and function of the caretaker government since October, 2006, has been mired in controversy, resulting in the long delay in holding the national elections, party insiders said.
The AL’s draft electoral manifesto says that if the party is voted to power, a reliable election system and regular elections will be ensured, if needed through a close review of the caretaker government system.
“We envision a democratic system where people choose their government freely and get services from it without hassle, enjoy freedom from fear and intolerance, live with dignity and be sure of social justice…” says the draft manifesto.
To bring any changes to the caretaker government system, introduced in 1996 following a movement, requires amending the country’s constitution.
If the AL-led electoral alliance wins in the upcoming parliamentary election set for December 29 and is able to manage two-thirds majority in parliament, it can easily proceed with its electoral pledge.
However, if the AL-led alliance fails to get two-thirds majority, it will have to depend on the opposition’s support in parliament to decide the future course of the caretaker government system.


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