Bangladesh opposition party rejects PM's invitation to join government to oversee election

Bangladesh's main opposition party has rejected an invitation from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join what she calls an all-party government to oversee national elections scheduled for January.

Hasina, meanwhile, appointed eight ministers on Monday to an interim election-time administration, including six from outside her party.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Hasina's bitter rival, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, has launched a campaign of general strikes to demand that Hasina resign to allow the formation of a non-partisan caretaker administration to supervise the polls.

Hasina has refused to step down and instead invited Zia to join an all-party government. Zia says the polls could be rigged if Hasina stays in office.

Violence during recent opposition-sponsored protests has left 30 people dead.