In Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman has said he will use his victory in Saturday's (3 June) presidential election as a base to improver the country's economy.
In Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman has said he will use his victory in Saturday's (3 June) presidential election as a base to improver the country's economy. General Zia who captured about 78 per cent of the votes cast, said his biggest task was to build up the country. Meanwhile the opposition group defeated by General Zia has alleged that voting results had been rigged and anti-government scrutineers driven from polling stations at gunpoint.
SYNOPSIS: In Dacca voters queued in hot sunshine at the polling stations, and General Zia cast his vote early in the day. He has ruled Bangladesh as martial law Administrator and Army Chief-of-Staff since 1975 following the murder of the President, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in an army coup.
More than 38-million people were eligible to vote in the presidential election. Latest results on Monday (5 June) gave Zia nearly 16 million votes against five million for the opposition leader, retired General Ataul Ghani Osmani. General Osmani had urged a rejection of General Zia's presidential rule and an immediate return to a parliamentary system of government. General Secretary of the Osmani opposition group, Major General Khallilur Rahman, alleged the election had been rigged.