Sheikh Hasinas challenge will be to end revenge politics in Bangladesh

January 12th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Dhaka, Jan 12 (ANI): Bangladeshs new Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who got a massive parliamentary majority, has a chance to lead the country away from its paralysing culture of revenge politics.

But analysts have warned that a still-polarised electorate and a deep legacy of corruption have the potential to unleash the sort of violent confrontation that forced the military to step in two years ago.

To prevent a return to the winner-takes-all style of politics, the government will have to reach out to the opposition and try to work with it for the next five years, said Michael Shaikh, a senior analyst from the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).

The challenge for the two main parties is to manage this temptation for revenge, The News quoted Shaikh, as saying.

This is Hasina’’s second stint at the premiership after ruling between 1996 and 2001.

Hasina, whose secular Awami League party won 230 out of a possible 300 seats in parliament, has indicated she wants to end the confrontational politics that has crippled the country in the past. (ANI)

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