Constitutionalism and Governance in Bangladesh

  • M. Rafiqul Islam


The quest of the Bangalees for political emancipation through constitutional rule and democracy culminated into a war of national liberation in 1971 out of which Bangladesh was born. Notwithstanding this history and the advent of constitutional order with features of good governance in 1972, the working of its political process has been drifting from crisis to crisis. Successive uses of the constitution as a political tool with impunity have diluted the integrity of, and intensified widespread concern and suspicion about the future of constitutional governance in Bangladesh.


Good Governance Constitutional Rule Fourth Amendment Constitutional Order Fair Election 
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    The Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina vowed to cancel the amendment when returned to power, whilst the BNP leader Begum Khaleda Zia said that the amendment would divide the nation and hence unacceptable, Dhaka Courier, 4(44), 10 June 1988, pp 9–10.Google Scholar

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