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Bangla‘dashed’
Democracy hasn’t matured yet..
14/12/2006

Democracy in Bangladesh seems to be faltering. On election eve, political parties are meticulously promoting a cult of mayhem in the country. The constitutional uniqueness in Bangladesh allows a caretaker government (for a period of 90 days) to be nominated by the outgoing rulers to allow free & fair elections. However, choice of Chief Advisor (who must be the last Chief Justice to retire) as well as Chief Election Commissioner (M. A. Aziz) has led to violent protests across the country. With a series of general strikes (that’ve averaged once a week) and country-wide transportation blockade, the Awami League-led 14 party coalition has raised doubts regarding their impartiality & intentions to allow free & fair polls.

At the root of the confrontational politics in Bangladesh lies the severe lack of faith in allowing political opposition to function in the country. Awami’s moves have a striking similarity to similar threats given by Khalida Zia (when she was in opposition) in the year 2001. For democracy to take roots in the country, it is mandatory that politics moves beyond confrontation to mutual accommodation. And till that happens, the fracas would continue to haunt the country and seriously endanger democracy.

By:- BE Edit Bureau
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