• Short Summary

    Military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad restored limited political activity in Bangladesh on January 7.The move marked the beginning of formal talks with opposition leaders aimed at returning the country to democracy.A total of 41 political parties attended the talks, but the leader of the country's two main opposition parties, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wazad, were absent.They had stated earlier that they would not join in the talks unless Ershad took steps to hold early parliamentary elections to hand back power to civilian representatives.Former President Khandaker Moshtaque Ahmed, the leader of a 12-party alliance, attended the talks on January 7.He said he had been assured by General Ershad that all restrictions on political activity would soon be lifted.Ershad told representatives that the aim of the meeting "to explore the way towards a national dialogue, integration and a concensus".He added that the question of a fresh election timetable and open political activity could also be discussed.One of Ershad's aides said the talks would continue so that an agreement could be reached before Ershad left for Morocco, on January 15, to attend the Islamic Summit.

  • Description

    DHAKA, BANGLADESH (JANUARY 7, 1984) (REUTERS - RAFIQUR RAHMAN)
    GV Presidential house
    SV PAN Leaders of political parties seated (2 shots)
    SV President Ershad seated
    GV Political leaders seated, Ershad seated (2 shots)
    SV AND CU Ex-President Khandaker Moshtaque seated with other political leaders
    SV PAN FROM Political leader TO President Ershad (2 shots)
    SV AND GV President Ershad speaking (4 shots)

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    PD/SW

    Background: Military ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad restored limited political activity in Bangladesh on January 7.The move marked the beginning of formal talks with opposition leaders aimed at returning the country to democracy.A total of 41 political parties attended the talks, but the leader of the country's two main opposition parties, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wazad, were absent.They had stated earlier that they would not join in the talks unless Ershad took steps to hold early parliamentary elections to hand back power to civilian representatives.Former President Khandaker Moshtaque Ahmed, the leader of a 12-party alliance, attended the talks on January 7.He said he had been assured by General Ershad that all restrictions on political activity would soon be lifted.Ershad told representatives that the aim of the meeting "to explore the way towards a national dialogue, integration and a concensus".He added that the question of a fresh election timetable and open political activity could also be discussed.One of Ershad's aides said the talks would continue so that an agreement could be reached before Ershad left for Morocco, on January 15, to attend the Islamic Summit.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEFUBARXK2V3NMAZWGXLS4G9JO
    Media URN:
    VLVAEFUBARXK2V3NMAZWGXLS4G9JO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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