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Importance of tolerance and unity in democracy

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Nazrul Islam Rizvi, Scholastica School, Dhaka

photo: AFP

It was a devastating night for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, yet Romney was gracious in defeat. The stinging disappointment was etched clearly on the faces of Romney's sons and daughters-in-law, who joined him on stage after a five-minute speech.
"I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," Romney told a few hundred supporters and staffers in a stunned convention centre ballroom. "But the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation."
Romney spoke a few minutes after 1 a.m., following a few hours of deliberations among his top campaign advisers over whether to concede or to wait for all the results. Eventually, the 65-year-old former private equity CEO and Massachusetts governor emerged to concede.
"I ran for office because I'm concerned about America. This election is over but our principles endure," Romney said. "I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy, and renewed greatness."
Obama in his thanks-giving speech said that he will work with the opposition party to re-build his country.
So much positive things we can learn from the leaders of these countries. When the election was happening in the USA, a model election occurred in the Westin Hotel of Dhaka.
When the US Ambassador in his speech was mentioning the importance of tolerance, unity and patience of all the political parties. Two political leaders of our two main political parties have been saying unwanted things in front of everyone. Will tolerance and unity be ever found in our country?

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