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World IN BRIEF : BANGLADESH : Zia Party Leading Parliament Election

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The party headed by Khaleda Zia, widow of assassinated President Ziaur Rahman, and the party of Sheik Hasina, daughter of another slain president, held early leads in Bangladesh’s first parliamentary elections that represent Bangladesh’s first democratic transfer of authority in 20 years of independence. Unofficial returns for 84 of the 300 seats showed Zia’s Bangladesh National Party capturing 41 seats and Hasina’s Awami League winning 22.


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