Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.
The Irrawaddy talks with two candidates in their 20s about what motivates their candidacies and what unique challenges they are encountering in their campaigns.
They had many accomplices, but we can lay the worst sins that have been committed against Myanmar’s democracy over the past six decades squarely at the feet of three men.
From freedom of belief to standing for election, Myanmar Muslims still face obstacles; they said they will support a force that values human rights and democracy.
This week, overseas voting kicked off, final voter lists went on display and the controversial head of the ‘Rose Party’ was arrested on a fugitive warrant.
Just weeks before the election, SNLD chairman Khun Htun Oo has announced his resignation; party leaders have declined to accept it as they ponder their next move.
As stay-at-home orders amid a rise in cases make traditional campaigning impossible, even top politicians like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are going online to reach voters.
This week saw the start of the election campaign season, but with many areas off limits amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, some parties called for the vote to be postponed.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to kick off her election campaign in Kawhmu Township after two men with access to her residence tested positive for COVID-19.
A meeting at which 34 political parties expressed concern to the army chief over the election commission has been criticized as a bid to involve the military in the Nov. 8 vote.
More than 30 pro-military parties told the army chief they feared November’s vote would be unfair; he offered them support, but stayed within constitutional limits.
This week, The Irrawaddy talks with former Information Minister U Ye Htut about Myanmar’s place in the latest stage of US-China tensions in Southeast Asia.
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses Myanmar’s 2020 election with U Ko Ko Gyi, a leader from the 1988 pro-democracy protests and founder of the new People’s Party.
David Scott Mathieson reviews Andrew Selth’s 2019 book ‘Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt’.
As the long process to amend Myanmar’s Constitution appears lost, The Irrawaddy sits down with lawmakers U Aung Thein and U Sai Tun Aye to look for a way out.