July 23, 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi (R) paying her respects to her father General Aung San and eight other leaders who were assassinated on July 19, 1947, as Myanmar marks the 66th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon on July 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO
Reposted from East Asia Forum
By Nicholas Farrelly
There is no one template for democratic change. Myanmar’s ongoing democratic transformation, for example, has been driven by a dizzying number of factors: internal forces in the military, democratic activism, domestic struggle and both soft pressure and hard sanctions from countries abroad.
Questions about the motivation and ambition of the country’s top leaders have dogged analysts since a clearly rigged general election in November 2010 was followed by the release from house arrest of pro-democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi and the gradual unravelling of military rule. Political prisoners were released, media restrictions incrementally lifted, and long-simmering border-area civil warstaken in new directions by renewed government negotiations. Such rapid change in a country that’s been under the military’s heel since 1962 took many analysts by surprise.
June 14, 2013
Reposted from The Fresno Bee
Shwe Mann said his party is collaborating with Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament last year.
By Matthew Pennington
The chief of Myanmar’s pro-military party said Thursday he is not ruling out a coalition government with the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi after crucial elections in 2015 if it’s in the national interest.
In the past two weeks, both lower house speaker Shwe Mann and Nobel laureate Suu Kyi have said they want to run for president. The election will be crucial in setting Myanmar’s political direction as it shifts from decades of authoritarian rule. More…
March 28, 2012
Repost from Network Myanmar
By Derek Tonkin
The 45 by-elections to be held in Myanmar on 1 April 2012, including 37 to the Lower House, 6 to the Upper House and 2 to Regional Assemblies, occasioned by ministerial-level appointments to the Executive, are being contested by 17 political parties and 7 independent candidates. More…