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Bangladeshi PM unveils election manifesto

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party on Wednesday announced its polls manifesto for the 2024 national election, vowing to build a developed, prosperous and smart Bangladesh by 2041.

“Bangladesh will be established as a high-middle-income country by 2031 and a developed, prosperous, smart one by 2041 if the people once again allow us to serve them,” said Hasina, speaking at a function on Wednesday.

Hasina, also president of the AL party, made the remarks after unveiling her party’s election manifesto at the function in Dhaka, just 10 days before the 12th parliamentary election slated for Jan. 7.

This time, the slogan of the AL’s election manifesto is “Smart Bangladesh where Development Shines, Accelerating Employment.”

In the manifesto, the ruling party vowed to show zero tolerance against corruption and terrorism, alleviate poverty, create employment, and ensure service-oriented and accountable administration.

The ruling party manifesto also put more focus on infrastructure development, freedom of press and the practice of transparency, accountability, good governance as well as strengthened democratic values in all aspects of state management.

It also promised to be tougher against money launderers, to eradicate bribery and corruption at all levels of the state and society, to establish a universal health system, and to introduce health insurance.

The ruling AL party rose to power with a landslide election victory in 2009 and won its second term in 2014 and third term in 2018.

A total of 1,886 candidates are contesting in the general election for 300 constituencies.

Out of the total contesting candidates in the 12th national elections, 1,529 are candidates from 27 parties including the AL party while 357 are independent candidates.

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