Wednesday, November 11th, 2015


“I would like to congratulate Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, on what appears to be an impressive election victory. The results of the elections published so far indicate that the people of Myanmar have voted for change. I urge all actors to respect the outcome of the elections even though the process has not been perfect. (more…)

British PM David Cameron praised the Myanmar electorate in the November 8 elections, noting their clear voice for change, in a statement made on November 10. (more…)

On November 8, Myanmar held general elections, a milestone in the promised process of democratization and political reform. Early results indicate a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi. The Diplomat speaks with Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, about what to expect from Myanmar’s new government. (more…)

People are rightly celebrating what looks like a huge victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, in the elections held in Burma on Sunday (8 November). But is this really the end of military rule? Not by a long shot. (more…)

Moments later, in downtown Myitkyina, big democratic wins were announced on the giant screen at the NLD campaign headquarters. Subdued revellers had taken seats to watch a street-side projection of a Union Election Commission press conference televised from Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

Victory by Aung San Suu Kyi in the Myanmar elections should provide a much needed tonic for free speech advocates across a region where countries often win comparisons with the banana republics of central America in the 1980s. Whether her win — with an estimated 75 to 80 percent of the vote — can propel the National League for Democracy (NLD) into government is another question. (more…)

It’s a landslide: The international community voiced its uniform support for Burma’s historic Nov. 8 poll, which saw the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) clobber the ruling party in a massive victory. (more…)

Vietnamese activists said the historic vote in Myanmar has inspired them to continue their fight for political change in Vietnam, but they admit that it is a long road ahead. (more…)

Health workers in Thailand said 2015 was a bad year for dengue fever and resulted in more than a hundred deaths and tens of thousands of cases. (more…)

Fears the election could spur currency volatility have not materialized, indicating a certain level of confidence in political developments and a likely National League for Democracy win. (more…)

Hotels, harbours or mines, Myanmar’s big-ticket industries are still in the grip of military-linked tycoons, who will remain gatekeepers to the country’s opening market whoever wins Sunday’s crunch polls. (more…)

As election polls closed on 8 November, Burma Army soldiers shot two civilians, one a child, as they were leaving their paddy fields in southern Shan State, according to the Shan Human Rights Foundation and a local witness. (more…)

Following a sweeping victory in the polls on Sunday, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has urged supporters to avoid major celebrations until after all election results have been declared by the Union Election Commission (UEC). (more…)

Of the few ruling party candidates that have managed to secure seats in Sunday’s general election, several have been dogged by accusations of vote buying, electoral irregularities or other matters of contention. (more…)

Candidates for the National League for Democracy (NLD) have claimed victory in seven of eight Lower House constituencies in Naypyidaw, as well as the capital’s two Upper House seats. (more…)

Starting today, political parties can officially contest the results from Sunday’s general election starting 11 November, according to the Union Election Commission. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), cannot be beaten in the polls. (more…)

A survey carried out between 14 and 31 October 2015 found that a majority of voters have a positive outlook for the country, but this optimism had declined quite significantly over more than a year ago.  (more…)

A hunger strike by a group of students and supporters in protest of the continued incarceration of political prisoners in Burma is beginning to take its toll on the participants’ health, with one student admitted to Rangoon General Hospital on Wednesday. (more…)

Despite many ethnic communities being excluded from the vote, dodgy voter lists that omitted thousands of voters’ names and others that had thousands of ‘extra’ names people across the country turned out to show their support for political parties. (more…)

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