‘It is shameful for Bangladesh to be considered autocratic’: BNP

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Dhaka, Mar 24: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said it is shameful for Bangladesh as it is now considered under autocratic rule.“It is a matter of shame for Bangladesh as it has been considered as one of five new autocratic countries by a German-based institution,” he said.

The spokesperson for the party came up with assertion while sharing reaction to a German-based report which said Bangladesh among five countries no longer meet standard of democary.

He was addressing a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan headquarters in Dhaka following a joint meeting with the senior leaders of front and associate bodies of the party.

In the report on Friday, the German-based think-tank Bertelsmann Stiftung said that Bangladesh is among five countries which no longer meet minimum standards for democracy and are now under autocratic rule.

The four other countries are Lebanon, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Uganda.

Mirza Fakhrul said due to the report it is shameful for Bangladeshis who earned the independence in the country fighting for democracy.

The current government has taken the country in this level by practicing its autocratic rule, he said.

He added: “Bangladesh is a country of autocracy and it is shameful for our nation.”

“For all these days, BNP has been saying democracy is absent in the country and that is now being proven to be true. The government’s mask of autocracy has been unveiled,” he said.