UN chief calls for restraint in wake of violence in Bangladesh

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The deadly violence that marred parliamentary elections in Bangladesh on Sunday is "unacceptable", according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a statement Mr. Ban said he was "saddened by the loss of life and incidents of violence" during the elections.

The Secretary-General said the vote was "characterized by polarization and low participation."

He added that "he regrets that the parties did not reach the kind of agreements which could have produced a peaceful, all-inclusive election outcome."

He has appealed to political parties to urgently address the expectations of the country's people for an inclusive political process.

The UN, Mr. Ban added, will continue to support Bangladesh's democratic processes in accordance with the principles of inclusiveness, non-violence, reconciliation and dialogue.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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