On March 8, 2007, the interim government of Bangladesh issued a complete ban on all political activities, warning that the government would take "stern action" against violators. The ban was an extension of the state of emergency declared by President Iajuddin Ahmed following the arrest of 60 politicians from both the Bangladesh National Party and Awami League on corruption and extortion charges. Transparency International has consistently listed the country as one of the world's most corrupt (144 out of 176 in 2012). In addition to the 2007 arrests, the country witnessed an army mutiny with an aftermath including mass trials.
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