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Sheikha Hasina
Meet the prime minister of Bangladesh.
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2009 08:44 GMT

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This week on One on One, meet Sheikha Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh.

Her life has been filled with tragic loss, but she has managed to find strength by focusing on the future of her country - in spite of some tough challenges.

She was destined to lead a political life having witnessed her father's release from prison in Pakistan to become Bangladesh's first president.

But in the prevailing tense political environment, Sheikh Mujabir Rehman was murdered along with Sheikha Hasina's mother and brothers during a coup in 1985.

She and her sister survived because they were travelling overseas - but they were left in exile.

Sheikha Hasina had proved her political skills as a young woman and she planned a come back that eventually saw her elected prime minister for the first time in 1996, and again at the start of 2009 - showing her continued appeal with a large segment of Bangladesh's public.

This episode of One on One aired from Saturday, November 14, 2009.

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Al Jazeera
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