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.
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.
David Scott Mathieson reviews Andrew Selth’s 2019 book ‘Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt’.
With their refusal to endorse the parliamentary charter change committee’s bills, it remains to be seen how military MPs will respond when they are sent to Parliament.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China. The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events.