• Short Summary

    With polling for presidential elections in Bangladesh now just a few days away, candidates for the presidency have been holding electioneering rallies and on Thursday (25 May) it was President Ziaur Rahman who addressed supporters at one of his rallies.

  • Description

    With polling for presidential elections in Bangladesh now just a few days away, candidates for the presidency have been holding electioneering rallies and on Thursday (25 May) it was President Ziaur Rahman who addressed supporters at one of his rallies. He is standing as a candidate, and has already promised that there will be a general election in December.

    SYNOPSIS: The rally was held in the town of Tangail, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north west of the capital, Dacca. General Zia says the presidential elections will be a step towards returning the country to democracy. The move has been met with opposition by other major political parties, who wanted him to arrange parliamentary elections. The biggest political party, the Awami League, say the election has been designed to perpetuate what they call his authoritarian rule.

    But General Zia is going ahead with the election. He amended military legislation so that he can stand as a presidential candidate on the June 3 election. Under previous laws armed forces officers were barred from entering politics. President Zia is backed by a six-party "Nationalist Front" including the rightist Moslem League. His main opponent-nine others are contesting the presidency-is the former Bangladesh army chief, General Ataul Ghani Osmani, supported by the Awami League.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAO1F6TACJ15H4HSI4F6AIF3VL
    Media URN:
    VLVAAO1F6TACJ15H4HSI4F6AIF3VL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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