Aung Syuu Ki’s National League for Democracy takes 90% of the vote. President Thein Sein congratulates them.
this has happened before, and the military junta said no way. What will they do now?
Apparently, they still have a system where the military is guaranteed one-fourth of the seats in Parliament.
Of course I hope that the army will allow the “disciplined” quasi-democratic system they set up to unfold, that Daw Suu will be allowed to work unmolested, and that neither side will feel either pressed or emboldened enough to do something that triggers a confrontation which could turn violent.
Then, that the new government moves to entrench democratic principles and practices, such that the next election cycle can move further still from the dictatorship.
Will all that happen? I have no idea.
This is a nice story, which adds to my hope.
…citizens were not afraid to vote against the ruling party, thanks largely to the government’s efforts in the last five years to dismantle the police state. The administration of President Thein Sein reduced censorship, freed political prisoners and allowed civic organizations, long suppressed during the military dictatorship, to flourish.
“A big factor was the freedoms that have existed since 2011 — in terms of the press, the Internet, the relaxing of censorship, the ability to hold demonstrations,” said David Steinberg, an expert on Myanmar at Georgetown University. The government “allowed campaigning to have a lot more freedom than in the past,” he said.
Mr. Thein Sein was not unpopular. Seventy-two percent of people surveyed in October by the Merdeka Center, a polling agency based in Malaysia, said they approved of the way he was administering the country.
“The majority of Myanmar citizens appreciate Thein Sein for the reforms he tried to bring, and opening up the country,” said Tan Seng Keat, the research manager at Merdeka. “But this alone cannot address their fervent desire to have a government chosen by the people and to put an end to an indirect rule by the military.”
The Burmese Junta – nasty thugs!
Are dissing Aung Syuu Ki
We’ll help them out, although it gets us
Into World War Three
Not really relevant to any current geopolitical reality, but, I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. :o
Wait, why did they have an election? Last I heard they were still controlled by the military and jailing dissidents like Aung Syuu Ki. Now suddenly they have an election?
In response to international carrot-and-stick pressure,
the junta has been loosening up, a tiny-baby-step at a time, for several years now.
an article in the , the junta actually thought they would New York Times win.
Did they use Rasmussen too?
These darned Burmese kids, none of 'em use landlines anymore!
Well, yes, actually, they . . . oh. Never mind. Thought you meant “landmines.”