Thursday, November 12th, 2015


President Obama spoke last night by phone with President Thein Sein to offer his congratulations to the people of Burma for their participation in the historic parliamentary election on November 8, 2015.  (more…)

Over the election period, there has been an obvious focus on Aung San Suu Kyi and her future political role in Burma. Many articles and comments have been very critical of both her style of leadership and her statements, or lack of, on many of the most serious human rights issues facing the country. In particular, she has come in for sustained criticism over her failure to seriously address the persecution of the Rohingya and the decision not to have a single Muslim National League for Democracy candidate. (more…)

It was an occasion to celebrate and a time to be anxious, perhaps even fearful. For the last thing Myanmar needs right now is to replace an authoritarian military regime with a dogmatic, elected one. (more…)

With the National League for Democracy likely to form the next government in Myanmar, is there finally an end in sight for conflict that has plagued the country since independence? Probably not. The NLD may have the will to bring peace, but even in government, it won’t have the constitutional power to do so. (more…)

Just a week ago, many analysts were predicting the election result would be a close call between the NLD and the USDP-military alliance. Some pundits suggested neither would have an absolute majority in parliament and that Myanmar’s ethnic parties, able to rely on deep-seated voter loyalty, would end up as king-makers. (more…)

The president of France, François Hollande, has congratulated Burma’s opposition leader and apparent election winner Aung San Suu Kyi “for her decisive role in the progress of democracy in Myanmar, which must be pursued.” (more…)

US President Barack Obama commended President Thein Sein for successful conduct of Burma’s historic Nov. 8 poll via phone call around 8:30am on Thursday. (more…)

The apparent landslide election victory of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party will open the door to more foreign investment and trade, Myanmar’s business leaders and economic observers are saying. (more…)

As many of Myanmar’s most powerful tycoons are voted out of government, a sea change for business seems under way, but experts warn the National League for Democracy will struggle to dismantle the deep rooted business interests of the old elite. (more…)

Losing candidates have refused to sign off on two contests in Arakan State, one involving the former chief minister, after the count of advance votes put the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) ahead of its rivals. (more…)

In 1990, the Mon National Party (MNP)’s original iteration, the Mon National Democratic Front, won five seats in a general election that was subsequently annulled by Burma’s then military rulers. (more…)

The two strongest performing ethnic parties in Sunday’s poll have expressed a desire to collaborate with the next government, but acknowledge that any coalition arrangement will hinge on the magnanimity of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in the aftermath of that party’s emphatic victory. (more…)

As the National League for Democracy (NLD) continues to rack up seats in the Union Parliament following Burma’s general election on Sunday, the party has won the power to choose two of the country’s vice presidents, and increasingly looks likely to also pick the president if returns continue to trend heavily in its favor. (more…)

In the wake of Sunday’s landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD), outspoken firebrand monk U Wirathu has expressed doubt over the party’s ability to govern, and warned that he will work to protect the recently enacted ‘race and religion’ legislative package from any attempts at repeal. (more…)

President U Thein Sein has called political parties to a meeting in Yangon on November 15 to discuss the post-election political situation, party sources say. (more…)

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) yesterday congratulated the National League for Democracy on its victory in the November 8 elections and said it hoped an NLD government, which will only take office next March, would lead the peace process to success and stop all fighting in Myanmar. (more…)

Muslims are turning out to be among the biggest losers in Myanmar’s historic elections, with many not allowed to vote and no Muslim representation in parliament. (more…)

It was a remarkable day in Burma’s modern history. Millions of Burmese people lined up patiently, many from before dawn, to have their say in choosing the new leadership of the country. As the results soon became clear, so too did the message to the old regime: enough is enough. (more…)