DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh— As Bangladeshis get set to vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes.

Under the decade-long leadership of Sheikh Hasina, whose ruling party hopes to retain power in the elections, Bangladesh’s economy has grown by more than 6 percent annually, lifting millions out of extreme poverty.

Hasina, 71, has been internationally lauded for sheltering the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who streamed across the border into Bangladesh to flee what many call a genocidal campaign by the military in their native Myanmar.

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