US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher’s comment that corruption and bitter intra-party rivalries are challenges to Bangladesh’s general elections in 2007 have created mixed reaction in Bangladesh.
Mr. Boucher made the comment while giving testimony before the House Committee on International Relations in Washington on Wednesday. He said corruption and poor governance are the main obstacles which are a drag on Bangladesh’s economy.
Editor of Daily Star Mahfuz Anam said he believes Mr. Boucher did not exaggerate – that is really the current situation in Bangladesh. Mr. Boucher told the Senate Committee that US finds a flourishing democracy in India, but democracy is in difficult straits elsewhere in South Asia.
Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.