Bangladesh hovered between democracy and dictatorship in 2007. January elections were postponed, emergency rule was declared, and an army-supported caretaker government suspended political activity and launched a massive anti-corruption campaign. Former Prime Ministers Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed were jailed. The government pledged to hold elections by late 2008 after institutional reforms are in place.
Bangladesh's public life in 2006 was dominated by furious jockeying for political advantage in the face of upcoming elections slated for January 2007. As the year unfolded, the ““politics of the street”” increasingly supplanted the country's fragile democratic institutions. By year's end, political tumult posed a serious threat to the future of Bangladeshi democracy.