DOHA, Qatar- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that the next general election in Bangladesh will be free and fair, upholding democracy and people's voting rights.
"The people must decide who will lead the country." It is the power of the people. So, I want to ensure people's power," she said on Wednesday during a Qatar Economic Forum session titled "In Conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina" at the Raffles Hotel in Doha.
According to the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, Haslinda Amin, editor-at-large of QEF, anchored the session in a jam-packed audience hall room at the venue.
"I am not here to seize power." "Rather, I want to empower our people by giving them the right to choose their government," she said, according to BSS.
Bangladesh's next elections are scheduled for either December of this year or the first week of next year.
Hasina criticized the BNP for refusing to participate in elections under her administration, claiming that people suffered "greatly" under the BNP's rule due to "increased terrorism, corruption, nepotism, and exploitation."
"Definitely, elections will be free and fair under our government," Hasina said as the opposition BNP and its allies resumed street protests calling for the Awami League government to resign and the next election to be held under a neutral caretaker administration.
The prime minister is in Doha for three days to attend the Qatar Economic Forum 2023.