US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said they regretted that not all parties participated in the vote. He clarified that they also share the view that these elections are not free and fair.
The US demanded an investigation into the violence in Bangladesh during the election process. A credible investigation should be conducted and those responsible should be arrested.
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At the same time, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sheikh Hasina’s victory in Bangladesh. He said that Sheikh Hasina was able to conduct elections successfully in the country. The US has a good relationship with Bangladesh, as does India. But the US is concerned about human rights issues in the country.
Khaleda Zia, the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Sheikh Hasina’s rival, is currently under house arrest. Zia’s son Tariq Rehman had to leave the country. Recently, Tariq Rehman said that Hasina’s administration has taken up 138,500 cases against Zia’s party leaders. Freedom of action is almost gone. 22,000 opposition leaders were arrested.