A pledge to restore democracy in Bangladesh has been given by the country's new President.?
A pledge to restore democracy in Bangladesh has been given by the country's new President. He's Mr. Abu Sadat Mohammed Sayem who became the third President of the country in as many months, in a ceremony on November the Sixth.
Mr. Mohammad Sayem said he would lead a neutral, non-partisan interim Government and added that his chief aim was to restore a normal situation, revive democracy and return to the rule of law in Bangladesh.
He announced the dissolution of Parliament but said he hoped to hold a general election in February, 1977.
His swearing-in followed a power struggle between army groups and only twelve hours after the ceremony, Major General Khaled Mosharraf, the man he had appointed as Chief of Staff, died while taking part in a counter coup.
It's the third coup the country had experienced in three months and it's failure was greeted by jubilation on the streets of Dacca.
SYNOPSIS: Bangladesh's third president in as many months was sworn-in in Dacca on November the sixth. He's the former Chief Justice, Mr. Abu Sadat Mohammed Sayem who took office after two coups involving army groups.
Brigadier Khaled Mosharraf, the Army Chief of Staff, was killed soon after the ceremony, while leading a counter-coup.
The defeat of the counter-coup brought scenes of jubilation in the streets of Dacca.
The new President has pledged to restore democracy in Bangladesh. He has dissolved Parliament but said it was hoped a general election could be held by February, nineteen seventy-seven. Mr. Mohammad Sayem said he would head a neutral, non-partisan interim Government. His chief aim is to restore normal conditions, revive democracy and return to the rule of law in Bangladesh.