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Bangladesh's leader, Lt. Gen. Hossain Mohammed Ershad, dissolved his council of ministers and announced that the country will hold parliamentary elections April 6, the first in six years. Ershad, who imposed martial law after taking power in a 1982 coup, is expected to name a new cabinet today. The old one apparently was dissolved to satisfy opposition parties' demands for a nonpartisan government to hold elections. Balloting scheduled earlier was canceled when opposition parties said they would not participate in elections held under military rule.

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