Investment in children’s health has resulted in a reduction in the mortality rate of under-fives, and the prevalence of underweight children has almost halved. My honourable and noble Friend Baroness Warsi delivered the same message personally to leaders of the ruling and Opposition parties when she visited on 12 December. Does he agree that one of the fundamental problems with the election was the Awami League’s refusal to follow the precedent of previous elections, whereby there had been a caretaker Government to oversee fair process, foreign observers and the rest, and that that failure and the political thinking behind it led to the tragedy that now confronts us? 0000004410 00000 n In Germany, the Federal Foreign Office stated that the election was an extremely poor reflection of the electorate’s will. Secondly, we call on Bangladesh’s political parties to begin a dialogue that finds a long-term, sustainable solution, in a way that does not exist at the moment, for the good of Bangladesh’s people. The UK supported the Bangladesh Election Commission and work was done to update the voters register, train polling officials and develop new systems to publish candidates’ details, including declarations of wealth, which I imagine is a controversial topic in that part of the world. “the results of the just-concluded elections do not appear to credibly express the will of the Bangladeshi people”, and called for new elections to be held “as soon as possible.” The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on parties to resume dialogue and to demonstrate “calm and restraint”. 0000009461 00000 n First, we expressed public regret at the lack of participation and the scenes of violence. 182 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 184 /H [ 1021 694 ] /L 157248 /E 48808 /N 27 /T 153489 >> endobj xref 182 28 0000000016 00000 n He is right to say that the recent election in Bangladesh fell drastically short of the ideals we would expect. We celebrate the progress made by Bangladesh since its modern birth in 1971, but the ongoing mistrust between the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist party and other Opposition parties points to a dysfunctional political climate in which the prospect of free and fair elections seems elusive. Does he agree that the international community needs to work with the current Government in Bangladesh and urge them to work with the Opposition to work out a time frame and a framework for a future election that will have that democratic credibility? 0000002280 00000 n We have analysed the accountability role of the parliament in both its horizontal and … The Library is housed in Sangsad Bhaban in Sher e Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. That is happening, but clearly not fast enough. Notwithstanding the outcome of the poll, we believe that those improvements will stand the Government in good stead in future elections. 0000009988 00000 n The absence of an interim Government to oversee the elections was certainly a major setback in a country that is now moving from third-world status and lifting the living standards of its people. In doing that, however, it is important that we never shy away from delivering tough messages to the political leadership to try and ensure that those expectations are fulfilled. Indeed, half the electorate did not get the chance to vote. 0000004961 00000 n Gentleman said in his well-balanced and fair speech, there have been some positive moves recently. The ongoing political conflict has a damaging effect not only on empowerment and accountability but on other things.