Overview Bangladesh

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Unlike the 2014 elections, which were boycotted by the opposition, Bangladesh witnessed a multiparty participatory parliamentary election on 30 December 2018. Yet, the election was marred by allegations of rigging, ballot-box stuffing, and intimidation of voters and supporters of the opposition political alliance and cannot be considered free and fair.

Economically, the country grew at a rate of more than 7.3% in fiscal year 2017/18 and foreign remittances grew by 17.5% in fiscal year 2017 to 2018, reaching a total of $12.1 billion. Yet, despite favouring market liberalization, political considerations often play a paramount role.

On a more positive note, the country’s performance in bridging the gender gap was significant, and it was top performer in South Asia in this respect.

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