08 May 2017

News Story: Ex-Bangladesh military ruler launches new political coalition ahead of general elections

DHAKA, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Former Bangladeshi President Hussain Muhammad Ershad, considered a key ally of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League-led grand alliance government, on Sunday launched a new political coalition "United National Alliance (UNA)" ahead of the country's next general elections slated for early 2019.

Former military strongman Ershad, who ruled the country for nearly nine years from 1982 to 1990, launched the 58-party coalition at a press briefing in Dhaka on Sunday.

The former military ruler, now the special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reiterated that his Jatiya Party has already walked out of the ruling Awami League-led Grand Alliance and said they are now playing the role as opposition party in the parliament.

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