Bangladesh Lifts Emergency Rule, Orders Early Army Deployment
Even though army backed Bangladesh government lifted the state-of-emergency, the army has ordered an early deployment of troops across the country amid fears that Islamist militants may seek to create security problems ahead of the landmark parliamentary elections this month.
The interim government has lifted a two year state of emergency ahead of the general election on 29th December.
President Iajuddin Ahmed signed the order earlier in the week.
The lifting of emergency restrictions had been a key demand of the two main political parties.
Full campaigning began last Thursday with Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) taking on the Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina.
Both women are former prime ministers. They have both faced corruption allegations and were released on bail in deals with the government to ensure their parties took part in the elections.
The army has been brought out of barracks to thwart any kind of political related violence. However, Interim government has said that they fear terrorist attacks and troops have been deployed to prevent any law and order problem.
"We have decided to deploy the troops on December 20 instead of December 24 on the basis of reports that there is possibility that law and order might deteriorate," Election Commissioner Brigadier (retd) Sakhawat Hossain told reporters.