Crushing a Coup
Bangladesh has had a history of political upheavals, coups and counter-coups since gaining independence in 1971. The army assassinated Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country’s first president, in 1975. Consequently, a military dictator ruled Bangladesh from 1982 to 1990. While democracy was restored in 1991, street battles between supporters of Hasina and her arch political rival, Khaleda Zia, prompted the army to step in again in January 2007.
A coup, planned abroad with the help of 16 serving and former military officials that aimed to overthrow Sheikh Hasina’s government, was recently uncovered by Bangladeshi intelligence and crushed with the help of senior Army generals. It is believed that those involved planned to introduce a strict interpretation of Shariah Law throughout the country. Hasina has gained considerable opposition from hardline Islamist factions both within and outside army ranks due her proposition to make the