Bangladesh faces severe political deadlock as it prepares for the general elections on January 7. The ruling Awami League (AL) under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a bitter standoff with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The BNP has boycotted the elections, citing authoritarian practices and economic mismanagement by the government. This boycott escalates tensions and threatens the legitimacy of the elections. The international community, including the United States, is concerned about human rights abuses and the erosion of democratic processes in Bangladesh.