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The political volatility is likely to hamper Bangladesh’s economic outlook (photo: dpa)

Flawed election in Bangladesh raises fears of political instability

Elections without an opposition, violent political clashes, and rivals facing death sentences is Bangladesh’s ugly start to 2014. It is one that is likely to increase international attention to the nation of 155 million. Bangladesh’s democratic shortcomings threaten to derail its notable social and economic progress making it unclear how long Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling Awami League can hold on to the reins of power.

<i>Bangladesh held national elections on January 5, 2014, which were marked by lack of participation of the main opposition party and its allies, violent clashes among rival supporters, and abysmally low voter turnout. Without a credible mandate to r...

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 Lisa Curtis
Without a credible mandate to remain in power, Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League will face continuing protests from the main opposition, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP)
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