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Yunus drops plans to enter politics
Bangladesh's Nobel laureate backs out from floating own political party.
Last Modified: 03 May 2007 15:34 GMT
 Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for  extending micro-credit to poor women [AP]

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, who late last year announced plans to form a new political party in Bangladesh, has now backed out.
 
Yunus said on Thursday that those who encouraged him to form the party had later declined to back him.

He had named his nascent party Nagarik Shakti (citizen's power) and in an open letter invited people to join him to bail out Bangladesh from confrontational politics.

Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for helping poor women escape poverty by offering micro-credit through his Grameen Bank, earning the nickname "banker to the poor".

"I have decided to back out from my efforts for forming a political party, bowing to the practical aspects of the situation," Yunus has said in a statement.

He
issued the statement after he met Fakhruddin Ahmed, head of the army-backed interim government, at his official residence on Wednesday night.

Yunus said he felt the interim government, which had restored relative calm in the country after deadly political violence last year, would be able to steer Bangladesh to further progress with the people's support.

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