Saturday, January 11, 2014

US Senate foreign relation committee seeks new elections

US Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has sent two nearly identical letters to Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia urging them to 'end the current deadlock, eschew street violence, and begin negotiations on a path toward free, fair, and inclusive elections.'

They state:
The ongoing political deadlock has had serious economic consequences and will further weaken the confidence of international investors. To end this downward spiral, I strongly urge you to begin negotiations on new elections that are free, fair, peaceful and inclusive.
The vamping up of US pressure is to be expected - though this is from the legislative part of the state, not the executive.

This pressure is unlikely to exert very much pressure on the government, which seems willing to use its current unassailable position to remain in power, without being tested by proper elections.

You can see the two letters here

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