A Bangladeshi railway porter carries a trolley at a Railway Station in Dhaka on February 24, 2015, during an on-going nationwide strike and blockade of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party office. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN
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Is Bangladesh once again on the verge of a political meltdown?Of course, Bangladesh has long been plagued by volatility. Bangladesh has proved him wrong: The country is being undone not by its economy, but by its dysfunctional politics.After a difficult start, Bangladesh's economy has developed rapidly, with annual GDP growth averaging roughly 6 percent over the last two decades. Given a prolonged period of political calm, Bangladesh would likely be on its way to joining the ranks of middle-income countries.Instead, political instability is jeopardizing social and economic progress. Death and destruction surrounding elections and political succession are, sadly, nothing new in Bangladesh.During more than four decades of independence, Bangladesh has made little progress in establishing a workable democratic polity.Bangladesh's original sin may have been its hurried constitution of 1972, which assigned extravagant powers, with few checks and balances, to the prime minister, a position to be assumed by the country's revered founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Both women's parties have proved to be inept in governance and corrupt in administration.
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