President's Talks: President’s talks with BNP end

President Zillur Rahman held talks with main opposition BNP on Wednesday on forming the next Election Commission.

A 15-member delegation of BNP led by party Chairperson Khaleda Zia reached Bangabhaban, the president's official residence, around 10:45am to join the talks.

The dialogue started at 11:00am that continued for an hour.

The details about the dialogue however could not be known immediately.

Party leaders earlier said in today's talks, BNP will stick to its core demand - restoration of caretaker government system.

On December 26 last year, BNP at a meeting with its allies decided to join the talks with the president following the latter's invitation to join the dialogue.

The government in June last year scrapped the caretaker system through the fifteenth amendment to the constitution, allowing parliamentary polls to be held under political government. The main opposition party opposed the amendment, and now maintains it will not go to polls unless held under a non-party caretaker government.

Against this backdrop, the president on December 22 last year started the talks with the political parties to discuss formation of the new Election Commission. The tenure of the current commission expires on February 14.

So far, 21 political parties joined the talks. Of them, at least 12 parties recommended reinstatement of the caretaker system to hold the next election.

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The Daily Star