( dpa ) - The military backed interim government in Bangladesh has declared Saturday that a general election will be held before the end of the current year to restore parliamentary rule in the Muslim country.
The announcement of the national polls was made by Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed during a televised address to the nation.
Ahmed however discounted prospects of advancing the polls to June/July as demanded by major political parties to tackle the uncertainty facing the country.
Chief Adviser Ahmed is the de facto prime minister of the country. The former central bank governor was appointed head of an advisory council which has been running the country reeling from the aftermath of a recent devastating cyclone.
President Iajuddin Ahmed declared a state of emergency a year ago curbing fundamental rights in an effort to quell the political turmoil gripping the country.