INTRODUCTION: Campaigning for Bangladesh's Presidential Elections has now got underway.
GV PAN Crowd at political meeting, Dacca
SV Justice Abdus Sattar, Bangladeshi acting president and nominee of ruling Nationalist Party speaks
GV PAN Crowd
SV Leaders of the Awami Party (opposition) Dr. Karmal Hossain in black waistcoat
GV PAN Crowd
SV Hossain addresses crowd (5 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Campaigning for Bangladesh's Presidential Elections has now got underway. Seventy-two candidates are fighting for the leadership, though it is considered to be a contest between only two major parties. The election follows the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman after a short lived mutiny in May.
SYNOPSIS: Few of the candidates will draw such big crowds as those who turned for this rally at Dacca to see the country's present leader open his campaign for the leadership.
Acting President, Justice Abdus Sattar, was former vice President to the late Ziaur Rahman. At the age 76 he is not regarded as a dynamic person but is still seen as the trusted lieutenant to the late leader, and is head of the Nationalist Party.
Dr. Karmal Hossain, nearest the camera, is the candidate for the main opposition, the Awami party. As a former foreign minister 44-year old Dr. Hossain is no stranger to national politics. Party leader say Dr. Hossain was a close associated of the father figure of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Dr. Hossain blames the current leadership for the current economic crisis and promises parliamentary government. Justice Sattar says the Awami were to blame for Bangladesh almost aligning with Russia a large measure of state control. Justice Sattar is generally regarded as favourite for November.