DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party won Sunday's controversial
general election, local TV said.
Hasina's Awami League-led ruling coalition had won 241 seats in the 300-member parliament, results on local TV channels showed. The main opposition National Unity Front Alliance, led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had secured just seven seats.
The victory gives
Hasina a third straight term in office.
The final results of Sunday's election will be officially announced later on Monday.
A win for
Hasina consolidates her decade-long rule over Bangladesh, where she is credited with improving the economy and promoting development, but has also been accused of rampant human rights abuses, a crackdown on the media and suppressing dissent – charges she denies.
At least 17 were people were killed as the vote took place on Sunday, police said, after a violent campaign season in which the opposition alleged
Hasina's government never granted it a level playing field.