Flower shop displays replicas of a boat made of flowers, the voting symbol of the winning party Bangladesh Awami League, to sell after the general election, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won a third straight term, sealing a landslide with almost all the seats in parliament, officials said on Monday, while the opposition rejected the result as rigged and called for a fresh vote.An alliance led by Hasina's Awami League won 287 of the 298 seats for which results have been declared, the Election Commission said, though it added it was investigating allegations of vote rigging from "across the country".The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had boycotted the last general election in 2014 saying it would not be fair, won just six seats this time.Hasina and opposition parties were due to hold separate news conferences on Monday.At least 17 people were killed during the vote, police said, after a violent campaign in which the opposition alleged the government denied it a level playing field.Hundreds of opposition workers were arrested in the months before the election on charges that the opposition said were "fictitious".Hasina's government has denied the accusations and her party says many of its own workers were hurt by the opposition.
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