US Congressman and the chairman of a sub committee on foreign affairs, Gary L Ackerman, expressed concern about the political reform in Bangladesh through an “extra-constitutional process”.
He was speaking at the House Sub Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Islamist parties might expand their influence in the absence of any strong mainstream party, he says.
He is also doubtful about the proposed time table of the general election by the end of 2008. His remarks came a week after US President George W Bush appreciated Bangladesh's election roadmap. Bush made his statement on July 26 when new Bangladeshi envoy to US presented his credentials at the White House.