Masuda Bhatti is a Bangladeshi-born UK-based independent political analyst, currently working as an Executive Editor for a Bangladeshi daily. This government did everything but rule the country.
The caretaker system was in question, as the government increased the age of one party member to make him eligible to be the head of the caretaker government. After five years of running the country, the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over power to the next caretaker government, according to the constitution.
The major opposition party boycotted the flawed elections, which the Awami League won by acclamation. These regimes made conscious and deliberate efforts to keep the above stated institutions weak and dependent so that they could be used for providing them the necessary legitimacy for grabbing state power.
But still then, they work together to solve those common problems. In Februarythe BNP held an election in which no major political parties took part.
These civil society members were not only the elite, but were also funded by donors -- or at least their organizations were.