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Violence and fuskanklagelser ahead of the elections in Bangladesh

The mobile network has, however, on the orders of the authorities to counteract the spreading of rumours that could lead to even more violence. During the election campaign has at least six partifunktionärer killed. More than 8,000 politicians and activists from the opposition is reported to have been arrested and 12.300 have been damaged. The leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia of the nationalist party BNP, has been sentenced to a long prison sentence for corruption, which many observers believe to be politically motivated.

All the talking for the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina Wajed from the Awamiförbundet is re-elected for a third five-year term.

one of the fastest growing in the world, and this has led to the per capita income has tripled since 2009. During that period, gdp has risen by an average of 6 percent per year, over the past year by 7.3 per cent. They criticized while entry-level salaries in the textile industry, which accounts for 80 per cent of export earnings, has been raised several times. The average life expectancy increases, and the reduction in child mortality is highlighted as a international example.

at the same time, the country has been moving in a more authoritarian direction and the 71-year-old, Sheikh Hasina is accused of having lost its moral compass. Freedom of expression has declined, and in several high-profile cases, journalists, bloggers and human rights activists imprisoned.

Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed is expected to be re-elected for a third five-year term. Photo: STR

released by Human Rights Watch in a report where the security services are accused of arrests and threats against the opposition. The main opposition BNP claim their election posters consistently have been torn down and that the government has manipulated the electoral roll.

Bangladesh also been accused of pulling out of the visa process for international observers and independent journalists.

more than 100 million voters are registered to vote, but a consequence of the messy election campaign could be that people are staying at home. If five years ago degenerated and 100 polling stations were set on fire.

politics has in Bangladesh been a fierce duelling between the two strong ladies, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed. The current prime minister is the daughter of Bangladesh's first leader, Mujibur Rahman, who was murdered in 1975 together with large parts of their family. Khaleda Zia is the widow of Ziaur Rahman, who was president in the late 1970's.

the Dispute about which of the past leaders who had the key role in the civil war in 1971 that led to Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan, is still in progress and is the reason why Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to shun each other like the plague. The war of independence is an open wound in the populous Bangladesh.

Khaleda Zia. Photo: A. M. Ahad/AP

Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina have succeeded each other as prime ministers several times. Each parcel of land means the whole of the establishment is replaced. All the power ends up in the hands of the winning party.

of GDP, but this time set the party up in an alliance with three other parties. In Khaleda Zia's absence, led the opposition of the human rights lawyer Kamal Hossain.

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