DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

DHAKA, Bangladesh  | Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Voting began Sunday in Bangladesh’s contentious parliamentary elections, seen as a referendum on what critics call Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina‘s increasingly authoritarian rule.

Hasina’s main rival is former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, deemed ineligible by a court from running for office because she is in prison for corruption.

The two women have been in and out of power — and prison — for decades.

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