My article on the Myanmar elections was published in the April 2012 issue of Zeitgeist Asia. An excerpt is produced here. The complete article can be viewed at:
The joyous celebrations seen in Yangon following the publication of results from 1st April’s by-elections seem to say it all. While Myanmar’s fledgling democracy might still be a long way off from being the gold standard for a free society, the very fact that the by-elections have been largely free and fair says a lot.
The opposition National League for Democracy‘s (NLD) stunning performance – the NLD won 40 of the 45 seats up for grabs in the by-elections – has put to rest all fears about the ruling junta’s intentions. The rapprochement process kick-started last year seems to be well on track. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, for long a beacon for Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement, is all set to take her place in Parliament following her win.