Bangladesh's December Elections

Bangladeshi elections continue to be a nightmare for voters in a largely undemocratic political culture that has prevailed since independence, failing to take ethics and human rights into consideration. The years 2006, 2007 and 2008 ranked among the worst, with factional squabbling between the country’s bitter rivals, the Bangladesh National Party led by Begum Khaleda Zia and the Awami League headed by Sheikh Hasina. The two have traded the premiership several times since 1991, when Khaleda became prime minister. Voters during those years witnessed a perfect storm of political fights, including murders of fellow politicians and general mayhem.

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