Burma Announces Election on Nov. 7, But Unlikely to Make a Difference

August 13, 2010

Photo credit: Jan van Raay

Myanmar (ChattahBox) – Myanmar, traditionally named Burma, has lived for years under a military run force with limited rights. While a new “seven step program” was enacted in 2008 to move from military rule to democracy, little has been done that isn’t an empty promise for change. The coming election is likely more of the same.

The junta has announced elections, the first held in two decades, will occur on November 7th, and will offer a multi-party choice for votes.

But heavy regulations have already gone far to show that the election will not be open or fair, and seems to  be another move to silence dissenters who claim the promises of democracy are empty words, the Telegraph reports.

The West has especially been vocal on the issue, insisting that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party be allowed to run. But policies enacted with the announcement of an election made it clear that it would be impossible for her or anyone on her behalf to do so in a meaningful way,  leading the party to boycott the vote.

In 1990, Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide majority in the last election. But the junta refused to honor the decision of the people, instead arrested Suu Kyi and leavign her under house arrest for more than 14 years.


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