YANGON, Myanmar– Myanmar revealed Wednesday it will hold elections on Nov. 8 for the national, local and state parliaments.
The state Union Election Commission revealed the date in a declaration on its Facebook page.
The last general election in 2015 gave power the National League for Democracy celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi after more than 5 years of military rule.
Suu Kyi’s celebration won a landslide victory, partly through tactical alliances with ethnic minority parties that were also excited to get rid of military guideline.
Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner who won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading a nonviolent pro-democracy movement for more than two years, stays without a doubt the country’s most popular political leader. The worldwide condemnation of her government for allowing security forces to bring out prevalent abuses of the Muslim Rohingya minority– driving more than 700,000 to look for safety in neighboring Bangladesh– appears unlikely to play any significant role in the upcoming campaign.
However, the failure of her government to reach a convenient plan to give the ethnic groups the autonomy they have actually long looked for– and in some cases, continued to defend in armed disputes– has actually estranged them politically, and they seem likely to look for to increase their own parties instead of ally with Suu Kyi’s.
Another roadblock for Suu Kyi and her party is the continuing impact of the military. Even though Myanmar now has elections, a constitution enacted in 2008 while the armed force still held power offers the armed forces one-quarter of the seats in the lower and upper houses of the nationwide parliament, giving them veto power over any modifications to the charter.
The election commission revealed that more than 37 million individuals are eligible to vote and 97 celebrations will be contesting the polls. There are an overall of 1,171 seats at stake at the national, state and regional levels.
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