Catholic politician chosen to lead opposition in Bangladesh
October 28, 2016
For the first time, a Catholic has been chosen for the leadership of the leading political opposition party in Bangladesh.
Albert Costa was elected as president of Jubo Dai, the youth wing of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). He told the AsiaNews service that he hopes to revive the BNP; “I will reorganize the party from the ground up.”
Catholics account for less than one-half of 1% of the population of Bangladesh, a country of 160 million.
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Posted by: garedawg -
Oct. 29, 2016 2:44 PM ET USA
Seeing the last name "Costa" brought to mind my Portuguese-American wife's claim that, historically, her people "really got around". But Bangladesh, of all places? Sure enough, its second-largest city, Chittagong, had a large Portuguese settlement and the first churches in that area. Let's just hope that Mr. Costa doesn't anger the wrong people and end up facing "blasphemy" charges.