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Democracy not a business for a few: Nisha Biswal

Update : 16 Nov 2013, 09:44 PM

The United States wants a credible and inclusive election in Bangladesh, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal said on Saturday.

She made the remark in a meeting with a select group of the civil society members at US Ambassador Dan Mozena’s residence.

She said democracy does not mean serving only a few; rather it should serve all, particularly those at the grassroots.

During the meeting, she discussed the political, economic and human rights situation in Bangladesh and also the recent amendments to the constitution; Supreme Court lawyer Fawzia Karim Firoze, also a member of the National Human Rights Commission, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Regarding the prevailing political situation, Nisha said solutions to the existing turmoil should be framed out by the citizens and the political parties.

“The political turmoil that we face after every five years just before the election, we need to overcome it. Political parties should not hold any sort of vengeance against each other no matter who is in power. They need to be more tolerant towards each other,” Fawzia said quoting Nisha.

The US assistant secretary also made it clear that Washington did not have any political party preference, said Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of Shujan, after the meeting.

“They have a position on holding a free, fair and credible election in which the people of Bangladesh will elect their representatives. As far as we understood from our discussion with her [Nisha], they [USA] do not have any [political] preference,” Majumdar said.

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