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Bangladesh faces election test as U.S. draws line on manipulation

Analysts say visa policy shows Washington's 'exasperation' with Dhaka

Bangladesh's upcoming elections have become a source of tension with the U.S., after the last two polls were widely criticized. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

DHAKA -- A new U.S. visa policy for Bangladesh has sent a jolt through the South Asian country's political class, as Washington steps up pressure for fair elections.

Eyeing Bangladesh's polls scheduled for early January, President Joe Biden's administration announced last week that it would restrict visas for any Bangladeshi nationals deemed to obstruct a free and fair electoral process.

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