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Sheikh Hasina Takes Over As Bangladesh PM

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
JANUARY 12, 2014

   
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Sheikh Hasina has taken over as Bangladesh's prime minister for a second term consecutively and a third overall, after violent elections. Hasina's Awami League party won an election spoilt by street fighting, low voter turnout and an opposition boycott.

 

 

 

 

The election has been one of the most violent ever since Bangladesh's 1971 independence, as the Kahleda Zia-led opposition alliance, tried to derail it by calling weeks of strikes and blockades. At least 18 people lost lives in election-day violence and 100 polling centers were set on fire.


 

 

 

On the economoic front, the country is struggling to revive its $20 billion garment industry, hit by horrific disasters including a factory collapse last April that had killed more than 1,100 workers.

 



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