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.
In Kayah State, an alliance between ethnic parties and dissatisfaction with the NLD’s record over the past five years could hurt the ruling camp in the election.
Candidates struggle with coronavirus restrictions – on top of security, transport and internet troubles – as the general election campaign starts with a whimper.
Two ethnic Kayah parties say they won’t run candidates in the same elections to avoid splitting votes and also announced that nearly a third of their candidates are activists.