The Irrawaddy explores whether the USDP’s repeated failures at the polls will move the Tatmadaw into a new era with the governing NLD.
Some wonder whether the National League for Democracy’s leadership is prepared to ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’.
Shan Nationalities League for Democracy spokesman Sai Leik says the new government should offer jobs to ethnic political leaders and devolve powers away from Naypyitaw.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.
Election sub-commissions in several parts of the country are investigating complaints of improper ballot handling, fake stamps and other violations during early voting.
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
Before his detention, the key figure behind the UDP developed a network of connections ranging from Chinese triads and Wa warlords to the DEA and foreign diplomats.
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.
This week a survey claimed trust in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has risen, an NLD member fled a mob and other parties stepped up campaigning despite COVID-19 rules.
Three hopefuls from popular ethnic parties and a ruling party lawmaker touted their policies and grilled one another in a pre-election debate in Kachin State on Monday.
As Myanmar prepares for November’s general election, the 32nd anniversary of the bloody coup that brought the SLORC to power reminds us of what is at stake.
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.
This week, The Irrawaddy talks with officials from two smaller parties, Ma Noe Noe Htet San and Ko Mya Aye, about their expectations for this year’s election and beyond.
As a terrorist group, the AA will not be invited to this month’s Union Peace Conference, the government said, prompting the Brotherhood Alliance to threaten a boycott.