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The head of a military-backed interim government in Bangladesh says national elections originally scheduled for Monday will be held “at the earliest” possible date. In his first televised address to the nation on Sunday, U.S.-trained economist Fakhruddin Ahmed offered no hint as to when that might be.

Earlier this month, President Iajuddin Ahmed quit as interim leader postponed the 22 January vote, saying it was “not possible” to hold it.

The moves followed months of violent protests amid claims by a political alliance that the vote is being rigged.

Across the country the violence left more than 40 people dead.

A state of emergency was also declared in the country before Ahmed took office over a week back. In his first television address to the nation on Sunday, Ahmed said: “My administration is pledge-bound to hold the new elections within the shortest possible time. Our motto is to hold a free, fair and participatory election.” He blamed corruption for much of what has gone so wrong in Bangladesh.

Ahmed said the army and the police would continue to arrest corrupt individuals, while upholding human rights. The BBC’s John Sudworth in Dhaka says many people in Bangladesh believe that the country has been pulled back from the brink of anarchy by the declaration of the state of emergency, the cancellation of elections and appointment of the new interim government headed by Ahmed. The Awami League party described the decision to postpone the elections as a “victory for the people”.

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