On Sunday, Burma will conduct general elections for its regional and state assemblies, and the lower and upper houses of the national parliament.
Muslims in Myanmar make up about five per cent of the country’s 52 million people though observers say the figure could be higher.
The success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s newly-enunciated “Act East Policy” depends essentially on a robust partnership with Myanmar. The stakes for India remain high. A successful outcome needs to be welcomed, even if it is but a small step towards full democracy, writes R.S. Kalha for South Asia Monitor.
Myanmar’s transition from military rule to democracy is far from complete. More work is needed to consolidate democracy, improve governance, equity, and importantly, the national economy. To that end the 2015 parliamentary elections are a crucial step forward, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.
Myanmar is set for the national polls on November 8, the elections that will easily be the country’s first inclusive ones in 25 years.
Sunday's election will determine the fate of the country’s attempted transition to democracy after five decades of military rule.
It is in the hands of the people of Myanmar what they make of these elections; they are the ones designing their destiny. The citizens should not cast their votes on the basis any bias, but on the basis of what party will provide them with a peaceful future, writes Akanksha Khullar for South Asia Monitor.
Myanmar is set for the national polls on November 8, the elections that will easily be the country’s first inclusive ones in 25 years. But they do not promise a return to democracy, simply because they will be held within the framework of the 2008 constitution, which guarantees military control.
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