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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The much-talked-about dialogues between the political parties and the government would take place after the Election Commission completes its ongoing talks with the parties, including the BNP, for electoral law reforms.

‘Of course, the government is making preparations for the dialogue’, government spokesman Syed Fahim Munaim told reporters on Sunday after the weekly meeting of the council of adviser to the interim administration.

Asked what preparations the government was making at this stage, Fahim Munaim, also press secretary to the chief adviser, said, ‘You will come to know about it shortly. It is going to be an open dialogue.’

The process for the dialogue will be initiated after the Election Commission holds talks with the BNP, he added. The dialogues sponsored by the Election Commission have stuck up in a legal battle over leadership dispute in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

The commission has completed two rounds of discussions with other parties. But it is not clear as yet when the BNP would resolve its internal feud. The chief adviser on January 12 announced that he would open dialogues soon with the political parties for a smooth transition to democracy.

Most political parties, which have completed talks with the Election Commission, suggested that the government should initiate the process of discussions as early as possible.

Asked whether the council of advisers had discussed the runaway prices of commodities in the domestic market, Fahim Munaim said that the government was worried about the market situation.

The problem has been discussed at different levels of the government, he added. Although the government has taken a number of measures, the market situation has been deteriorating in terms of common people’s purchasing power for more than one year after the interim government of Fakhruddin Ahmed assumed office.

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