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1 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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expectations in 2018

Peaceful power transition most unlikely

Says jurist Shahdheen Malik
Staff Reporter
Peaceful power 
transition 
most unlikely

Eminent jurist Dr Shahdheen Malik sees no possibility of a peaceful handover of power from the ruling party to another as a result of the next general elections, likely to be held in late 2018. “In the almost last 50 years, we did not have a single incident of peaceful transition of power from the current political party to another political party. And I don’t expect transition of power from the current ruling party to another political party as a result of the elections in 2018,” he told The Independent.

“There will be elections, but the transition of power will not be through elections. Because our power transition from one party to another party has not been made peacefully in the last 50 years,” he said. In an exclusive interview, he further said it would take one to two decades more when the ruling party will hand over power to another party by accepting the election results.

“It will take one to two more decades to reach such a position when a ruling political party will hand over power to another party by accepting the election results,” he observed.

The constitutional expert said there is a constitutional obligation to hold the general elections and it is very likely the next general elections would be held in 2018. He said all constitutional amendments in the past were made by the ruling party to enhance its own interests.

“Hence, I don’t expect any constitutional amendment that will be contrary to the ruling party. Hence, issues of democracy will not be resolved by constitutional amendments,” he said.

Replying to a question, he alleged that in the past, no-one in the government did anything substantial to ensure separation of the judiciary or to enhance the independence of the judiciary.  

Shahdheen Malik, who is also an adviser to the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), said the promulgation of the new rules for disciplinary action and other service conditions of the lower judiciary clearly indicate that in the coming years—or in 2018, at least—the judiciary will not be fully separated or totally independent.

Hence, he said, the rule of law will continue to suffer.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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