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Bangladesh faces threat of sectarian violence as leaders jockey for power

Forty-five years after Independence, Bangladesh stands at the edge of the precipice. Restoration of democracy in 1991 has spurred economic and social development, but these gains are being undone by violent religious fundamentalism. Two formidable women, the leaders of Bangladesh’s main political parties, are using these radicals in a proxy war that could cost the country its “democratic dividend.”

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