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.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.