Military Coup Foiled in #Bangladesh

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Bangladesh’s army has foiled an attempt by former and serving officers to oust Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s government, a military spokesman said.

“Evidence has been unearthed that some officers in active military service have been involved in the conspiracy to topple the system of democratic governance through the army,” Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said in a statement.

Bangladesh has had a history of military coups since its independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Hasina was elected in December 2008, ending two years of military-backed emergency rule, on a program of cutting food prices, raising living standards and combating terrorism.

Almost 40 percent of the country’s 150 million people live on less than $1 a day, according to theWorld Bank. About a third of Bangladesh, the world’s seventh most populous nation, floods during the annual monsoon, hampering development.

A border security force, the Bangladesh Rifles, mutinied in 2009 over their pay and working conditions, killing 63 army officers. The army suppressed the revolt and arrested hundreds of border guards over subsequent months.

Source: Bloomberg

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