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Bangladesh elections were not free and fair: US

Update : 09 Jan 2024, 09:45

The United States shares the view that the weekend's elections in Bangladesh were not free and fair, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, adding that Washington was concerned by reports of vote irregularities and condemned violence that took place.

US State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller said the United States supports the people of Bangladesh and their aspirations for democracy, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of expression.

The United States, however, recognised that the Awami League won a majority of seats in the January 7, 2024 parliamentary elections, he said.

"Looking ahead, the United States remains committed to partnering with Bangladesh to advance our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, to supporting human rights and civil society in Bangladesh, and to deepening our people-to-people and economic ties," said Miller.

He said the United States condemned violence that took place during elections and in the months leading up to it.

The US encouraged the government of Bangladesh to credibly investigate reports of violence and to hold perpetrators accountable, said the spokesperson.

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