DHAKA, Bangladesh | 16 dead in election violence as Bangladesh goes to the polls

DHAKA, Bangladesh | 16 dead in election violence as Bangladesh goes to the polls

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than a dozen people reportedly died in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday, as voters went to the polls to decide whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term amid critics’ claims that her leadership has become increasingly authoritarian.

In the run-up to the election, activists from both the ruling party and the opposition complained of attacks on supporters and candidates.

On Sunday, The Associated Press received more than 50 calls from people across the country who identified themselves as opposition supporters complaining of intimidation and threats, and being forced to vote in front of ruling party men inside polling booths.

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