This week the National League for Democracy scored a landslide election win and reached out to ethnic parties in a spirit of cooperation while the Union Solidarity and Development Party
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.
So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.
This week, several NLD campaign posters were vandalized and the USDP and NLD made televised campaign speeches and disagreed about a possible election delay.
The NLD has filed cases under the election law after its campaign posters and other materials were vandalized in multiple locations around the country.
Ethnic parties are confident they can win at least 20 percent of seats in Parliament in November’s election, and believe the NLD has no choice but to negotiate with them.
In a clear signal to China, Tatmadaw commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has warned that ‘strong forces’ are backing insurgent groups in Myanmar.
Having consolidated their bases, Myanmar’s ethnic parties plan to work together in the coming election to achieve their common goals of federalism and self-determination.