Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

Picture and caption chosen by The Telegraph to illustrate article: Bangladeshi villagers cheer after a voting station was attacked by protestors in the northern town of Bogra on January 5, 2014

A spokesman at the High Commission in Dhaka said two programmes – costing more than £55 million – could lose part of its future funding in light of the current “political situation”.

They expressed concern that voters in 153 out of the total 300 seats had no chance to vote as only a single candidate was standing, and in the remaining 147 where there was a vote, candidates for the most part only provided token competition.

The main opposition parties boycotted the elections, which were held last Sunday, as the government had refused to hand over power before the election to a neutral caretaker government, accusing the Awami League of seeking to fix the results.

In a statement issued soon after the election, Baroness Warsi, the senior foreign office minister expressed her disappointment, “that voters in more than half the constituencies did not have the opportunity to express their will at the ballot box and that turnout in most other constituencies was low.”

Warren Daley, a spokesperson based at the High Commission in Dhaka said this week that UK Aid was reviewing two programmes involving work with the Bangladesh parliament to “take into account the emerging political situation and [to decide] which aspects of the projects it will be appropriate to take forward”.
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Agreed, it was not a good idea to go ahead with the election after the opposition indicated they would boycott it. It is a little misleading, however, for the The Telegraph (and the rest of the MSM) to suddenly start reporting on Bangladesh, after ignoring nearly a year of non-stop violence by the Islamist parties allied to the opposition.

Jamaat-e-Islami is like an Asian version of the Muslim Brotherhood, except they are have never been repressed and are allied to the opposition. They have been carrying out a violent campaign against what seems to be society in general ever since the War Crimes trials started last year.

Burning buses and trucks, derailing trains, fighting with police: they do it all, over and over.

And then during and after the election, there were attacks on Hindus, causing some to flee their homes. See posts here, here and here.

This violence not been reported by the Western MSM. These photos came from the local Bangladesh press.

The current government (Awami League) wants the opposition to cut its ties to Jamaat-e-Islami.