In Dhaka for the last three days, U.N. emissary Oscar Fernández Taranco has been shuttling between the government and opposition leaders in a frantic move to find a negotiated settlement to the Bangladesh crisis over the next general elections.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy meanwhile explored the possibility of deferment of the election date to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. However, she said that only the Election Commission could take any such decision.
Ms. Hasina, however, assured Mr. Taranco that she would continue her efforts to bring all political parties to the polls.
In a development that might further complicate the prospect of a participatory election, all Jatiya Party Ministers and State Ministers handed over their resignations to the party chairman.