Prime Minister Says She'll Step Down in July

From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed said she will step down next month to pave the way for general elections in Bangladesh.

The 330-seat Parliament is expected to be dissolved July 12 on completion of its five-year term, Wajed told writers, artists and academics at a gathering in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday.

A neutral caretaker administration will take over from Wajed and hold elections within three months, as called for in the constitution.

An alliance of four opposition parties has accused her government of corruption, incompetence and harassing political rivals, which she denies.

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