Winds of Change

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:

http://asiamagazines.org/International/Asia_Magazine/All/Current_Edition/2012/April/Myanmar-Winds-Of-Change.html

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.

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