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The Latest: UN leader’s office urges restraint in Bangladesh

December 31, 2018

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on elections in Bangladesh (all times local):

2:20 a.m.

Representatives for the U.N. secretary-general are calling for restraint in Bangladesh after contested election results stirred violence.

The spokesman’s office for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres says in a statement Monday that it encourages both the coalition led Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party and an opposition alliance address complains peacefully and legally.

It condemns violence against candidates and voters as unacceptable.

Hasina’s ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the general election, giving her a third consecutive term. The opposition rejected the outcome and demanded a new vote.

More than a dozen people were killed in election-related violence Sunday. The election campaign was dogged by allegations of the arrest and jailing of thousands of Hasina’s opponents.

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9:30 p.m.

A day after winning a record fourth term in power, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is trumpeting her accomplishments and dismissing opposition claims that the vote was rigged.

Official results released Monday say Hasina’s ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the general election, giving her a third consecutive term despite opposition allegations of intimidation. Hasina earlier served a single term.

Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed says the coalition led by Hasina’s Awami League party won 288 out of 300 seats in Sunday’s polls. The opposition alliance led by prominent lawyer Kamal Hossain won only seven seats.

The opposition rejected the outcome, with Hossain demanding a new election be held under the authority of a “nonpartisan government.”

Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda ruled out any revote, saying there were no reports of large irregularities.

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