Friday, March 20, 2015
The outlook for Myanmar's political transition from military rule.
Myanmar holds elections in late 2015, the first since exiting full military rule; the Tatmadaw (military) is relinquishing power, reinterpreting its relationship with the state. Nonetheless, it remains politically significant. Reported today, President Thein Sein asserts that through "being involved in national politics" the Tatamdaw "is assisting in the flourishing of democracy". The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and leader Aung San Suu Kyi disagree, although Suu Kyi underlines building constructive links with the Tatmadaw, as she told an NLD rally on March 1.