The year 2009 heralded an auspicious beginning for Bangladesh because national elections were held after a two-year period of the non-democratic caretaker government. The enthusiasm of returning to democracy was soon marred by an unprecedented event during which military officials were massacred by the Bangladesh Rifles in a mystifying mutiny that stunned the nation. Bangladesh's economy was also negatively affected by the global downturn, and environmental degradation in the country continues.

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