The US has said it is watching the situation in emergency-ruled Bangladesh "closely", and urged the caretaker government to hasten elections in the country to quickly return power to the people.
It also warned that the current situation in the country, where the government is attempting a political purge, could threaten democracy if not handled properly.
State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack during a Press Briefing said "The situation in Bangladesh is one that we're watching quite closely. We have urged the caretaker government to move as expeditiously as possible to elections so the Bangladeshis can exercise their right to vote and choose who is going to lead them in the future and hopefully be able to put these past incidents behind them. "
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