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Myanmar Elections 2010- II: Profile Of Major Political Parties

Following on from the 2003 announcement of the ‘Seven-step Roadmap to Democracy,’ Myanmar will hold its first elections in two decades on 7 November 2010. Elections will be held to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Assembly) made up of the Pyithu Hluttaw (People’s Assembly/lower house)... 

Big Challenges Ahead For Suu Kyi

As a political scientist and someone who closely follows the Myanmar (Burma) political developments, I had little doubt about the certainty of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13 when her term of house arrest expired. Given the nature of the military junta, it was not surprising for many to... 

Myanmar Elections 2010- I: It’s All About Exclusion

The November 2010 elections in Myanmar do not promise to be fair and inclusive nor do they come with the agenda of complete restoration of democracy in the country. But, one thing these elections promise to be is a step towards a transformation which comes with opportunities for some important political... 

After Nearly Two Decades, Suu Kyi ‘On Cusp Of Freedom’

YANGON:  Myanmar‘s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is on the verge of being freed from house arrest, officials in the military-ruled country said on Friday as hundreds of her supporters gathered in anticipation. Our Delhi correspondent adds that a number of Burmese refugees, who were preparing...