Strike by zia’s party stalls life in Bangladesh

A one-day hartal by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia’s 20-party opposition alliance demanding cancellation of last week’s constitutional amendment threw normal life out of gear across Bangladesh Monday.

Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have called the strike to protest the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliament members to impeach apex court judges, describing it as a conspiracy, Xinhua reported.

The Bangladesh parliament Wednesday unanimously passed the constitutional amendment to regain its power to impeach apex court judges. Parliament members will be able to impeach any judge for his or her misconduct or incapacity once the bill comes into effect.Clashes, arson, and vandalism have been reported across the country Monday.Protestors clashed with police when they vandalised vehicles and set fire to police vans and buses in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country. Dozens of people, including protestors and policemen, were injured in clashes in major cities and towns including Dhaka.


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