04 December, 2020

Khaleda's Surrender

The country is all set to go to the polls again in May

Khaleda's Surrender

WHEN Prime Minister  Khaleda Zia met President Abdur Rahman Biswas on March 27 evening, everyone knew what they discussed. Soon after, the state-run television said the prime minister had requested Biswas that a caretaker government be formed without further delay, so that fresh general elections could be held by the end of May. However, there was no mention on the prime time news whether Zia had agreed to step down in order to pave the way for the neutral administration to take over.

In fact, the question is not whether Zia is going to resign, but when. It really is just a matter of time as she is left with no choice but to quit office in the face of a sustained and mounting opposition campaign. The prime minister, in effect, lost her authority ever since the combined opposition led by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina launched an indefinite non-cooperation movement. Since then, Zia has helplessly watched her power gradually slip through her fingers. So much so that observers note that her writ runs only between her house inside the Dhaka cantonment...



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