Bangladesh PM Hasina seeks people's support at victory rally

Bangladesh PM Hasina seeks people's support at victory rally
Supporters of Awami League political party shout slogans as they rally to celebrate the party's overwhelming victory in last month's election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won a third straight term with an overwhelming majority in last month’s elections, is seeking the people’s support at a victory rally amid international calls for an investigation into alleged irregularities during the polls.

The opposition is demanding new elections, saying the Dec. 30 polls were rigged, an allegation the Election Commission 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 all” amid criticism that she could become increasingly authoritarian.

A Hasina-led alliance won 288 seats in the 300-seat Parliament in last month’s elections. The opposition-led alliance won only seven seats, with all its lawmakers deciding to refrain from taking their oaths to protest the results.