The former (Jan 1996) government under Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia acknowledged its obligation to resign before electoral campaigning. It transfered executive power to the President Abdur Rahman Biswas.
Political Parties: The main contest is between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Begum Khaleda Zia and the Awami League of Sheikh Hasina Wazed. There is also the smaller Jatiya Party of the jailed former military ruler, General Hussain Mohammad Ershad.
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