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Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

UK to continue its support to Bangladesh
British High Commissioner Robert W Gibson said the UK would continue to support the poorest and most marginalised people in Bangladesh.

He made the declaration through a statement released in response to speculation about the UK aid programme in Bangladesh.

“We will continue to support the poorest and most marginalised people in Bangladesh as part of our global effort to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he said
British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing.
A spokesman at the High Commission in Dhaka said two programmes – costing more than £55 million – could lose part of its future funding in light of the current “political situation”.
They expressed concern that voters in 153 out of the total 300 seats had no chance to vote as only a single candidate was standing, and in the remaining 147 where there was a vote, candidates for the most part only provided token competition.
The main opposition parties boycotted the elections, which were held last Sunday, as the government had refused to hand over power before the election to a neutral caretaker government, accusing the Awami League of seeking to fix the results.
In a statement issued soon after the election, Baroness Warsi, the senior foreign office minister expressed her disappointment, “that voters in more than half the constituencies did not have the opportunity to express their will at the ballot box and that turnout in most other constituencies was low.”
Warren Daley, a spokesperson based at the High Commission in Dhaka said this week that UK Aid was reviewing two programmes involving work with the Bangladesh parliament to ‘“take into account the emerging political situation and [to decide] which aspects of the projects it will be appropriate to take forward”

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