Elections in Myanmar - April 1st, 2012
Recently, newspapers round the world have commented on the enormous success of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and especially the fact that Aung San Suu Kyi (under house arrest for many years) is now a democratically elected member of the Hluttaw, the Myanmar parliament. The success of the NLD winning 43 of the 45 seats was a surprise to many.
Under the 2008 constitution, 25 per cent of seats in all legislatures are reserved for the military. The NLD have openly stated that one of its first priorities in parliament will be to pursue and change this.
On March 27th, at the celebration of Armed Forces Day (a national holiday) the Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Min Aung Hlaing in his speech stated unequivocally that the role of the military (tatmadaw) is to protect the constitution, ‘I would like to say that our Tatmadaw will protect and maintain the constitution as its main duty while building a new modern and developed democratic nation’.
This chapter of Myanmar is history, as yet incomplete, is full of possiblity for the future. We wish the people of Myanmar every blessing as they move forward.
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