DHAKA, December 30, 2008 (AFP) – Former Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed has won a landslide victory in general elections, with her party picking up more than 75 percent of seats, an Election Commission official said Tuesday. Commission spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman told AFP that votes in 295 of the 299 seats had been counted, and Sheikh Hasina’s Awani League had won 229.
“She has a clear majority to govern without any other party,” Asaduzzaman said. Voter turnout was high in Monday’s election, which ended two years of rule by an army-backed regime.