Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for elections in Bangladesh.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We welcome the announcement by the Chief Adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, that parliamentary elections will take place on 18 December 2008. It is vital for Bangladesh's future that all parties participate positively in the democratic process so that successful elections can be followed by a smooth transition of power to the elected government.

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