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.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks international observers who have been following the country’s political issues for years for their views on the Nov. 8 election.
To mark this week’s 16th anniversary of the former military junta’s arrest of its own notorious security chief, Khin Nyunt, The Irrawaddy revisits a commentary from 2008.
With 30,000 troops and plenty of military hardware, the United Wa State Army now plans to improve officer training for the next generation.
The Irrawaddy talks with a pair of candidates from the National League for Democracy and the People’s Party about the unique election challenges ahead.
This week, the UEC approved 6,969 candidates, the NLD vowed to reform the military’s role and Yangon’s archbishop asked voters to reject crony politicians.
In its election manifesto, the ruling National League for Democracy vows to reduce the military’s political powers and says national reconciliation is its top priority.
In November’s election, many young and women candidates from ethnic parties will bring fresh voices to Myanmar’s democracy; The Irrawaddy spoke to some of them.
After returning to her homeland as pro-democracy protests were being crushed, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi demanded the military withdraw from politics and hold elections.
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.
The Irrawaddy talks with National League for Democracy Vice-Chairman Dr. Zaw Myint Maung about how the party plans to contest Myanmar’s general election in November.
The Irrawaddy talks to National League for Democracy information secretary Monywa Aung Shin about the NLD’s missteps since 2015 and how it can clean up its act before November.
The Irrawaddy talks with electrical engineer U Myint Zaw about the history of Myanmar’s electricity sector and what it will take to modernize it.
David Scott Mathieson reviews Andrew Selth’s 2019 book ‘Secrets and Power in Myanmar: Intelligence and the Fall of General Khin Nyunt’.
Myanmar’s military is not the only force with the discipline to take on COVID-19, as doctors, nurses and journalists work on the frontlines to protect the lives of citizens.