Sunday, February 10, 2008

Myanmar elections upcoming but not soon

Myanmar's military government has finally announced multi-party elections….in 2010. The first in 20 years, the elections will follow this coming May’s referendum to adopt a new constitution and are apparently made possible by the junta’s having “achieved success in economic, social and other sectors and in restoring peace and stability." That is, after it put down the pro-democracy demonstrations led by Buddhist monks last fall. In fact, things were already going well enough in 2003 for the junta to lay out a 7-step roadmap to democracy, with the nationwide referendum to ratify the new constitution being step number 4. It is believed, however, that the constitution will keep Aung San Suu Kyi (right), about whom we’ve posted here and here, from holding office by barring from leadership positions, which will be held primarily by members of the military, anyone married to a foreigner: Suu Kyi’s the widow of British academic Michael Aris.

1 comment:

Naomi Norberg said...

This morning members of the democratic opposition called the junta's organizing of a constitutional referendum a "declaration of war on the people of Burma", called on the UN Secretary General to come to Burma and called on the Security Council to adopt a binding resolution to force the junta to engage in a true dialogue with the opposition.