Tasked with fighting a full-fledged war in the heartland, it remains to be seen whether the military will splinter or double down on its atrocities.
Ethnic armed groups increasingly skeptical about the idea of a federal state and their lack of unity threatens resistance to the military regime.
General Yawd Serk, the leader of an ethnic armed group in Shan State, has resigned as the chief of the Peace Process Steering Team.
Local Pa-O people have cited environmental concerns about the military-owned steel mill and mine, which was closed by the NLD government in 2017.
Ethnic armed groups have refused to attend the annual show of strength by Myanmar’s military on March 27.
During talks in Taunggyi, the SNLD asked the ruling party to give its members positions of responsibility, and offered to mediate with other ethnic parties.
Avoiding the venue disputes that have led to the cancellation of talks with parties in other states, the NLD delegation also plans to meet a fourth party on Friday.
Some wonder whether the National League for Democracy’s leadership is prepared to ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’.
Merged ethnic parties may be the wild card in Shan as the election nears, but the NLD continues to dominate with urban voters.
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
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.
Gender analyst Aye Lei Tun argues that obstacles within political parties and hostile community attitudes prevent the harnessing of female talent in politics.
Will federal units be drafting ‘state constitutions’ or ‘state laws’? That’s the latest hang-up.