Canada expresses disappointment with Bangladesh elections Canada
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Canada expresses disappointment with Bangladesh elections

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 10 Jan 2024, 03:24 pm

Ottawa, Jan 10: Canada has expressed disappointment with the electoral process of Bangladesh. Besides, this North American country also condemned the incidents of violence before and after the elections. At the same time, Canada also said that the country appreciates and supports the democratic aspirations of the citizens of Bangladesh.

The Global Affairs Canada Department of the Government of Canada said these things in a statement on Tuesday (January 9). This department of the Canadian government manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, oversees Canadian international trade, and leads Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance.

"Canada appreciates and supports the democratic aspirations of Bangladeshi citizens and condemns the acts of intimidation and violence that took place before and during the elections," Tuesday's statement read. "We sympathize with all those affected by these acts of violence."

The statement also said, "This electoral process has been a departure from the principles of democracy and freedom on which Bangladesh was founded."

In addition, Canada calls on the relevant authorities to work transparently with all parties to move towards democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, which will be in line with the interests of the people of Bangladesh. A viable opposition party, independent democratic institutions and freedom of the press are essential to ensuring a strong and healthy democracy.

"Canada was among the first countries to recognize Bangladesh's independence in 1971, and Canada remains committed to continuing to support the people of Bangladesh in their aspirations for a more stable, prosperous and democratic future," Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.

Earlier, the United States informed that the twelfth national election of Bangladesh was not free and fair. The country also said that not all parties participated in the elections.