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.
Ruling party says voting should go forward despite COVID-19 restrictions, as delaying it would mean postponing it to an uncertain future.
Snr-Gen Saw Maung’s vow that the army would return to the barracks after the 1990 vote never materialized; conspiracy theories about his sudden fall from grace abound.
The NLD has filed cases under the election law after its campaign posters and other materials were vandalized in multiple locations around the country.
This week saw the start of the election campaign season, but with many areas off limits amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, some parties called for the vote to be postponed.
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.
Dozens of applicants rejected due to issues with citizenship and false information; one serving Rakhine State MP disqualified for alleged ties to Arakan Army.
This week, the NLD urged its candidates to put the people first; the army chief offered his troops some advice; and ultranationalists objected to a Muslim candidate.
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.
President Trump vowed to rebuild the US economy as he was renominated as the Republican presidential candidate at the party’s convention.
Parties turn to young candidates in conflict-torn Rakhine amid rivalry between various local ethnic parties and low interest in November’s election among the public.
Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be nominated for VP in the US, said Joe Biden would build a more inclusive country if elected president.
Zahkung Ying Sau, the son of the leader of the NDAK Kachin militia, will seek reelection to his Kachin State parliament seat in a township controlled by the group.
In the former ruling and military proxy USDP’s candidate list, ministers from the previous government and ex-generals account for nearly 30 percent of the 1,129 hopefuls.
The NLD said it would field candidates in all constituencies in Rakhine State in the upcoming election, after initially saying it would not run for all seats.