Sunday, September 9, 2007

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin's Address

We're sharing some video highlights of the Chief Adviser's address to the nation. He's lifted ban on in-door politics. He's admitted that his caretaker government may have had some mistakes. He has tried to sound a reconciliatory tone in his speech as he's trying to repair his government's distorted image. He's highlighted the achievements of the caretaker government. At the end, he has appreciated Army's role in the current government. We welcome his address to the nation as it will ease the tension as Bangladesh needs to move to an elected democracy as soon as possible. BDnews reports,

Dhaka, Sep 9 ( – Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed in a televised address to the nation Sunday announced an end to a long-running ban on indoor politics from Monday.

He said no more cases would be filed and nobody would be harassed in connection with the incidents at Dhaka University and other public universities across the country late August.

Police Sunday pressed charges against 36 persons including Dhaka University teachers Prof Anwar Hossain and Prof Harun-or Rashid in 13 cases after the student protests.

The chief adviser in the 25-minute speech said the national taskforce on corruption would not publish any new list of corruption suspects after the current month.

Fakhruddin said there may be some mistakes his government made as there were mistakes by any government.

The makeshift government chief said his administration has been taking some tough measures only to build a good social infrastructure.

"Our efforts will go on to build solid foundations for democracy and good governance and create a context free from corruption and muscle power to make sure that our path to a progressive and democratic society is not hampered," he said.

Fakhruddin repeated his pledge to transfer power to elected public representatives after arranging the elections by the 2008 deadline.

"I would like to assure you that we are determined to do the work we are meant to do."

His announcement caps an eight-month long restriction on parlour politics.

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