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Awards in politics like ‘Champion of Peace’ stressed

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Staff Reporter
Prime Minister's Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam on Wednesday said awards like the 'Champion of Peace' will inspire political leaders to foster the spirit of peaceful elections.
"Such a peace-building process should occur frequently," he said while addressing an award-giving ceremony in the city.
Democracy International (DI) brought 39 central-level political leaders from Awami League (AL), BNP and Jatiya Party (JaPa) for their achievements in championing peaceful and participatory elections at the award-giving function.
Since the launch of the 'Shantite Bijoy' campaign, the leaders have paved the way for party leaders and activists to participate in constructive multiparty events across Bangladesh, including peace rallies, face-to-face dialo-gues between candidates and voters, multiparty roundtable meetings, and workshops to address citizens' issues, said the DI.
BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan said peace requires social and political justice. "The political parties of Bangladesh should break down the political divides and engage in constructive debates to resolve their issues."
Jatiya Party presidium member Ziauddin Bablu said they are learning the democracy-building process. "There's some good progress and hopefully we'll continue to improve all the aspects of our democracy."
The program was organized under the Strengthening Political Landscape (SPL) project co-funded by USAID and UK Aid.