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Myanmar's groundbreaking 2015 election declared
The Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won a landslide in Myanmar after the parliamentary election on 8 November. This does not mean that Myanmar has full democratic power. The Hluttaw (Parliament) did not have all available places. Were we expecting Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday parties to go so well?
As there were no dependable surveys, the only precedent was the two preceding opportunities to test the party's popularity: the cancelled parliamentary election of 1990 and the by-elections of 2012. The NLD won 392 of the 492 available places in 1990, 52 of them. Surprisingly, the NLD did so in the countryside (where the army had supported the USDP to gain seats) and also in ethnically diverse areas such as Kachin, where populations were expecting smaller identity-based political groups to do well.
What is the procedure for electing the next chairman? Although the parliamentary elections took place in November, it will probably be March 2016 before this happens. First, the Hluttaw is divided into three groups: the electors of the House of Commons, the electors of the House of Lords and the non-electors of the Armed Forces.
Every group proposes one nominee and then the three will be put to a single voting meeting attended by all two chambers' chosen and non-elected members. However, a President Suu Kyi in 2016 would demand an unbelievable change in the army and will be a long way off.
And if not Suu Kyi, then who? Mr Aung San Suu Kyi did not give much indication that he was a civil member of her group. Among the popularity of her name in the press are her physician Tin Myo Win and the aging founding member of her political group Tin Oo. As Suu Kyi has already said she will stand "above" the presidency, she will probably elect someone who will be loyally with her rather than someone with her own visions for Myanmar's own one.
How mighty is the Yankee leader? The Hluttaw as an important politic power was one of the topics of the last five years. Now, ruled by the National Democratic People' s Republic, this means that the parties can enforce anything they want.