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Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led Bangladesh to independence from Pakistan in 1971. While at the University of Dhaka in the late 1960s, she became active in politics and served as her father’s political liaison while Pakistani rulers imprisoned him. Prime Minister Hasina and other members of her family were also forced into captivity briefly in 1971 after they participated in an uprising during the liberation war. Prime Minister Hasina spent six years in exile. During this time she was elected to a leadership position in the Awami League, the largest political organization in Bangladesh. Hasina led her party in the 2008 general elections during which she vowed to build a "Digital Bangladesh" by 2021.

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