Overview Bangladesh

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The incumbent Awami League has maintained firm control over the country’s politics and administration with growing authoritarian tendencies. The concentration of power in the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has made the separation of powers illusory.

The ruling party has created a highly politicized administration, a subservient Election Commission, and a docile judiciary. It has shattered all accountability mechanisms. To silence its critics, the government made regular use of the draconian Digital Security Act.

As a result of the pandemic, GDP growth has fallen significantly, and the informal sector, which employs 85% of the working population, has been devastated. The government announced 23 economic recovery packages, but it is doubtful that these funds will reach those most in need.

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