Bangladesh Premier Hasina seeks support from people at the victory …

Bangladesh Premier Hasina seeks support for victory during the victory rally

Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Bengali Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won an overwhelming majority for the third time in last month's elections, seeks support from the population in a victory rally in connection with international calls for an investigation into alleged irregularities during the polls.

The opposition demands new elections and says that the 30 December polls have occurred, an allegation that the election committee and Hasina have rejected.

On Saturday, Hasina told tens of thousands of her supporters in a park in Dhaka, the capital, that she would "work for everyone", amidst criticism that she could become increasingly authoritarian.

A Hasina-led alliance won 288 seats in Parliament with 300 seats during last month's elections. The alliance led by the opposition won only seven seats, with all its legislators deciding not to take their oath to protest against the results.

Supporters wave political flags of the Awami League during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters wave political flags of the Awami League during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters of the political party of the Awami League play with toy guns during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters of the political party of the Awami League play with toy guns during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters of the political party of the Awami League play with toy guns during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

A political supporter of the Awami League attaches a badge to a fellow supporter during a demonstration to celebrate the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, India, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

A political supporter of the Awami League attaches a badge to a fellow supporter during a demonstration to celebrate the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, India, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

A political supporter of the Awami League attaches a badge to a fellow supporter during a demonstration to celebrate the overwhelming victory of the party in the election of last month in Dhaka, India, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters hold cut-outs from the political party leaders of the Awami League during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in last month's election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters hold cut-outs from the political party leaders of the Awami League during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in last month's election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

Supporters hold cut-outs from the political party leaders of the Awami League during a rally that celebrates the overwhelming victory of the party in last month's election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

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