Tarnishing a Developing-World Star

Tarnishing a Developing-World Star

It's hardly surprising that Sheikh Hasina's party won last week's elections in Bangladesh. The scale of her victory, however, is literally unbelievable: Her Awami League wonall but 10 of Bangladesh's 298 constituencies. In her own seat of Gopalganj, the prime minister won by 229,539 votes to 123.

No wonder her party has been accused of — to put it politely — “over-managing” the election. The polls were, after all, preceded by a long period in which political opponents were intimidated, jailed or exiled. The leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Khaleda Zia, is in jail. Her son and heir apparent is in Britain and faces a life term if he returns to Bangladesh.

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