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The election on Jan. 5, which Bangladesh's Western partners had hoped would consolidate its democratic credentials, was marred by violent protest and the refusal by the European Union and the United States to send observers, following the decision by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the country's main opposition party, not to participate.Unrest in South Asia's dynastic democracies is nothing new.Roughly 300 people – many of them members of religious minorities, often scapegoated for supporting the Awami League and the ICT – died last year as a result of the protests.The Awami League rightly pointed out that the caretaker government that took power in 2006, backed by the military, clung to power for two years, instead of the constitutionally mandated maximum of 90 days, and even tried to prevent Hasina from returning from abroad.So, what can be done now that the election is over and a new Awami League government has been sworn in?
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