Tag: Khaleda Zia
The 71-year-old Hasina is set to extend her record as the country's longest-serving leader after dispatching Khaleda Zia, her chief rival.
Bangladesh's opposition alliance promised to raise the minimum wage of garment workers and freeze gas and electricity prices.
She denied wrongdoing and her Bangladesh Nationalist Party says her conviction in February is aimed at keeping her and her family out of politics.
The verdict triggered clashes between police and thousands of supporters of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which Zia still leads from prison.
Death sentences are common in Bangladesh with hundreds of people on death row. All executions are by hanging, a legacy of the British colonial era.
Khaleda Zia's lawyers said that the Supreme Court's decision was part of a campaign by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence the opposition, of which Zia is a part.
Although Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party may now take part in the next election, its members may nevertheless choose to boycott it.
After Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was jailed, violence broke out outside the court.
The bizarre controversy centres on the fact that Khaleda Zia celebrates her birthday on August 15, the day Bangladesh's former leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated.