December 30, 2018 / 10:03 PM / 3 months ago

Bangladesh PM's party wins national vote for third straight time - Election Commission

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gestures after casting her vote in the morning during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 30, 2018. Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha/Handout via REUTERS

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party has won the national election, the Election Commission said early on Monday, giving her a third straight term in a widely expected result.

“My congratulations to the Awami League,” Helal Uddin Ahmed, secretary of the Election Commission Secretariat, told reporters.

The opposition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has rejected the election and called for fresh polls amid accusations of vote rigging.

Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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