Bangladesh experienced the first anti-government countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday enforced by the main opposition BNP partially affecting major cities including Dhaka.

The party of the former Premier, Khaleda Zia, called the shutdown to protest against the government's failure to resolve gas, electricity and water crises. It also demanded an end to tender manipulation, extortion and politicisation of the administration and judiciary. Ms. Khaleda Zia also demanded scrapping of all treaties signed with India and resignation of the Election Commission.

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