Opposition Landslide in Myanmar Won’t Push the Army Out of Politics

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, at party headquarters, Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Mark Baker).
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, at party headquarters, Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Mark Baker).
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This past Sunday, Myanmar’s people voted in their first true national elections in 25 years. The last national elections, in 1990, were essentially annulled by the junta that ruled Myanmar from 1962 until launching a transition to civilian rule in 2011. Unlike in 1990, this time many of Myanmar’s people believed that the election results would be upheld, leading to the country’s first democratically elected government in five decades. On election day, the mood in many towns and cities was exuberant, and voters came to the polls in huge numbers—according to one estimate by election officials, some 80 percent of […]

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