Ongoing political turmoil in Bangladesh has plunged the nation into a political-security crisis. According to some observers, current circumstance has the potential to undermine its democratic government. Analysts point to continued rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League (AL) and Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP). The BNP is seeking to regain power and has held a series of street protests and transport blockades demanding that a new election be held under a caretaker government. Trials against Islamist leaders for their role in atrocities committed in the 1971 war of independence are also politically destabilizing as are signs of ongoing Islamist militancy. Numerous demographic and environmental stresses also weaken the nation’s resilience. Some observers believe the military may once again step in.
Date of Report: 4/24/2015
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