The Irrawaddy explores whether the USDP’s repeated failures at the polls will move the Tatmadaw into a new era with the governing NLD.
Fighting has recently ceased between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army with civilians hoping the ceasefire can be extended into 2021.
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.
The armed group has called for voting to be held in Rakhine State by the end of the year in the areas where it was canceled.
“There was no coordination with the Tatmadaw about it nor is it the stance of the Tatmadaw,” said Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun.
The State Counselor has urged the public not to be ‘trapped’ by attempts to destabilize the upcoming election.
The military’s Myawady Daily has been told to stop publishing quotes from Senior General Min Aung Hlaing telling his subordinates how to vote on Nov. 8.
Sources say fighting is for control of major river and road links across Rakhine State.
A National League for Democracy candidate is worried large numbers of military voters could see his constituency, which has a low voter population, won by a rival party.
The Ta'ang National Liberation Army has shelled a military battalion and a militia office in response to alleged government offensives.
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 military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.
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 Irrawaddy talks with a pair of candidates from the National League for Democracy and the People’s Party about the unique election challenges ahead.
Civil society organizations are demanding greater protection for women during armed conflict.