Shan State’s rich tapestry of ethnic diversity is likely to make for messy politics leading up to Nov. 8. More than a dozen political parties are expected to compete across Burma’s biggest state, where ethnic tensions among some of the state’s minority groups and ongoing conflicts are likely to complicate the electoral process. A host of ethnic armed groups operate in the state, and their impact on the campaign season, election day and beyond is an open question.
Two major Shan parties will compete statewide, as will the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and National League for Democracy (NLD), while parties claiming the mantle of many other ethnicities in the region and smaller non-ethnic parties will also contest many of the state’s 174 races.
Shan State returns 55 lawmakers to the Union Parliament’s Lower House and 12 to the Upper House. The regional legislature is made up of 107 elected parliamentarians, including seven ethnic affairs representatives, and 36 appointed military MPs.
- Nyaung Shwe
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- Mong Hsu
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