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Bangladesh: Politics and Government

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) economic situation in Bangladesh. (172773)

We welcome the Caretaker government’s commitment to hold elections by the end of 2008. Credible elections are vital to sustaining democracy in Bangladesh in the longer term. In creating the conditions for those credible elections, and healthier sustainable democracy, it is vital that the Caretaker government retains respect for individuals’ rights and democratic and judicial processes.

The rising cost of living in Bangladesh is a matter of concern for all Bangladeshis. The impact of Cyclone Sidr is expected to place further pressure on the economy. Effective management of the economy will be key over the next year and beyond.