COVID-19 Won’t Stop Myanmar From Plowing Ahead With a Flawed Election

COVID-19 Won’t Stop Myanmar From Plowing Ahead With a Flawed Election
Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves a demonstration of voting for the upcoming elections, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Aung Shine).

Myanmar is set to hold general elections next month, for the second time since the end of military rule in 2011. The last election, in 2015, ushered Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy into power with a landslide victory. Since then, the NLD has had a mixed economic record, and Suu Kyi, now the country’s de facto leader, has gone from human rights icon to international pariah for defending the army’s brutal persecution of the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in western Myanmar. More recently, the government has mismanaged its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and […]

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