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Amid rising political temperatures in Bangladesh, a group of dissidents resigned from Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday and launched a new political outfit, the Liberal Democaratic Party. 

Around 10 BNP ministers and MPs left to join a new party led by former Bangladesh president Badruddoza Chowdhury and senior BNP leader Oli Ahmed.

The LDP leaders said they had left the BNP because it had become “a family dynasty” that promoted corruption and harboured (Islamist) terrorists”.

 

Khaleda’s eldest son, Tareque Rahman, is the BNP’s first joint secretary-general, the number three position in the party, and is being tipped as Khaleda’s successor.

Khaleda’s husband, Ziaur Rahman, was the nation’s president and the BNP chief until his assassination in 1981

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