In its next term, the government will need to engage its neighbors and regional powers, upholding the NLD’s vow to pursue an “active and independent foreign policy”.
A flawed voting process selected a rubber-stamp parliament while Myanmar was under British colonial rule. But it did introduce concepts of democracy to the population.
While insulting voters, Western media dismissed the NLD’s election win as a display of blind faith in Suu Kyi; the world’s understanding of Myanmar is the poorer for it.
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.
The Kayah State Democratic Party fell short of its goal of winning a majority in Sunday’s election, but won eight races and took some seats away from the ruling NLD.
Unofficial results show that Myanmar’s ruling party has won all the seats in Ayeyarwady Region with the exception of the region’s two ethnic affairs minister seats.
Ethnic minorities say they have been denied the right to vote in ethnic affairs ministerial contests with the authorities blaming them for not checking voter lists.
The main opposition party, the USDP, has spent more than $18,000 on Facebook ads in the past three months to get its message out in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election.
This week elderly Myanmar voters cast advance ballots, the UEC warned unruly party supporters, and the November election recorded its first campaign violence fatality.
Watching elderly voters solemnly cast their advance ballots offers a lesson in the larger significance of Myanmar’s general election.
With an NLD win likely, attention in Myanmar is turning to a number of key government and military appointments due in the post-election period.
Numerous unanswered questions have arisen surrounded the way the Union Election Commission is running the November 8 general election.
This week the Arakan Army admitted abducting three ruling party candidates, unsealed advance ballots from the military were rejected, and ethnic parties asked that cancellation areas
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.