US does not favor any particular political party: Ambassador Peter Haas

Pierre Hass. Photo: Collected


Ambassador Peter Haas

Pierre Hass. Photo: Collected

The United States does not favor any particular political party, Ambassador Peter Haas said today (August 10, 2022).

He said that holding fair and transparent elections is a difficult task and all stakeholders must play their part in this regard.

“It is not possible to hold fair and transparent elections if the electoral commission, political parties, legislators, media and civil society do not play their role properly,” Haas said.

He was talking about the launch of an online learning platform called “Politics Matters” – – at an event at a hotel in Dhaka.

USAID’s “Strengthening the Political Landscape” project, implemented by Democracy International, launched the platform to bring political knowledge and skills to the fingerprints of Bangladeshi political leaders and enthusiasts across the country.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Awami League Central Co-Secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud, BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Lawyer Shameem Haider Patwary, Jatiya Party Presidium Member , and Democracy International party leader Dana L. Olds also spoke at the event.

Dr. Hasan Mahmud said all parties have a responsibility for a fair election.

For fair elections, it is necessary to avoid election boycotts, negative politics and the use of violence, he said.

The minister said he hopes the next national election will be free and fair with the participation of all political parties.

Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the grooming and development of political parties is crucial for better politics.

It’s not just those with money, political family backgrounds or muscle power who should join politics. Ordinary people must be educated and engaged in politics for good public representation, he said.

Shamim Haider Patwary said all parties must take responsibility in the current situation where people are worried about holding fair elections.

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