31 October, 2020

A Free Vote For The Lady Of Liberty?

This year we see Myanmar going to the polls in a fierce battle to decide the country’s fragile future

A Free Vote For The Lady Of Liberty?

The Stakes Right Now

  • Aung San Suu Kyi is obviously ahead in the cities, where many are turning up to see her
  • But USDP holds a lot of power in rural Myanmar where old hierarchies are still alive and well
  • Thus it is now an even battle, with USDP holding quite a few cards despite NLD’s popularity


Now in the final few days of the election campaign in Myanmar, who will win the fight to control the country’s future and who will emerge as the president after the polls on Sunday are big question marks. Although there are 93 parties contesting these elections, the real battle is clearly between the hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD) and its charismatic leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) nominally led by the current President, Thein Sein.

Here in the commercial capital, there seems to be only one visible party—the NLD. Last weekend tens of thousands of...



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