“All politics based on religion are going to be banned as per the original constitution,” [Law Minister] Ahmed said. The move follows the Awami League’s sweep to power in 2008 elections, which saw them beat the BNP with a landslide. The new government outlawed a controversial Islamic party in October, accusing it of destabilising the country. “We want to reinstate the original constitution. Secularism was a pillar of the 1972 constitution,”In practice the ban outlaws religion-based political parties. Islam remains the state religion of Bangladesh. Regardless of its limitations, it still appears to be a positive step.
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