April - 26 - 2013
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Summary: This year was politically and economically turbulent for Bangladesh and the scenario only worsened in November. Poll-bound Bangladesh recently installed an “all-party” interim government headed by PM Sheikh Hasina to oversee upcoming elections despite boycott by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which termed the move as “farce” (since it was no such thing), heightening tension in the country. The possibility of political violence remains very real and high if the situation is not resolved soon. As a reaction to the worsening crisis in Bangladesh, the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the US Congress, held a hearing on the prevailing political turmoil over the next general election. The US is also in talks with India, Bangladesh’s immediate neighbour, who are concerned about the current political deadlock and its security fallout for the region.

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