Lieutenant-General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, who staged a bloodless coup in Bangladesh on Wednesday (March 24) has said that the new military authorities plan to hold onto power for two years before returning it to civilian authorities.
SCU Lt. General Ershad speaking in English at news conference as newsmen listen
ERSHAD: "Within the two years we have some limited military objectives. If we achieve these objectives we want to come back to the barracks and hand over this country to the politicians after a fair election. Every country has one social system. So keeping that in view, I requested the government they let the army have a say in the affairs of the country, not interference please, not interfering in the administration, but a say in the way of advice. Because this army is Bangladeshi army, fought for liberation of this country, and they have a feeling that they have protected the nation and should be discussed. Or their views should be taken, how this country should be run, so therefore that which they have given blood and life, becomes a good nation, becomes a country we can feel proud."
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Background: Lieutenant-General Hossain Mohammad Ershad, who staged a bloodless coup in Bangladesh on Wednesday (March 24) has said that the new military authorities plan to hold onto power for two years before returning it to civilian authorities. The Army Chief of Staff, considered the real power behind the martial law government, was speaking at a news conference in Dacca on Saturday (27 March). General Ershad explained that the army had fought for the liberation of the country and consistently sought a greater role in the deposed government of President Abdus Sattar. The new Government had called upon the nation to cooperate with it in stamping out corruption. In this connection more than 230 people have been detained, including a former Deputy Prime Minister and five former Ministers. General Ershad has appointed an advisory council of 11.