Myanmar Politics 2016

Burma Politics 2016

Mr Aung San Suu Kyi will enter parliament in Naypyitaw on 30 March 2016. Army leader says army will not withdraw away from politics, days before elected government set to take charge. The University Press; online publication date: December 2016; print publication year: Even food is political in Myanmar's state of Rakhine.

Myanmar held its first national election in November 2015, ending 50 years of military rule.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won the parliamentary seat in Myanmar after a decade -long fight for it. Newspaper, book and his parliamentary ID are within reach, and a few bathrobes are already hanging from a wood coat-hanger. Once a convict of the army, U Bo Bo Bo was a former convict.

However, from February 1, he will represent the Myanmar tribe in a new government ruled by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). It is the first in 50 years that the South East Asia country is ruled by democratic leaders. No resentment against the junta'Given the scale of Naypyitaw, the NLD dormitory seems a little overcrowded as nearly 400 legislators have been ordered by partisan leaders to live here.

Every day they take shuttles with their salmon-coloured tunics to the House of Representatives and back. Most of the motorways to Myanmar's capitol - constructed by the 2005 regime - are empty. "It is not really a long period in comparison with the US citizenship movement," he said, and added that he has no resentment against the general who imprisoned him for 20 years.

"This is something we must continue to struggle for democratisation, and it can only be done if we put the past behind us. "Aung San Suu Kyi, who herself has been under two decades of detention, has said on several occasions that she wants to be reconciled with the old regimes, an attitude that increases her prospects of negotiation with the country's mighty army, whose basis has not been shattered by the NLD's election victor.

In addition, a fourth of all legislators in this House are members of the military, a stance that strengthens their hold on authority in an effective way, as it allows them to exercise a right of opposition to any attempt to change the Constitutional Treaty. Dissatisfaction has also been sowing suspicion when the legislators are ordered not to speak to the Media or release any information about the arrangement of the new regim.

One thing is clear: Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become Aung San Suu Kyi's chair. According to the junta's draft bill, anyone who has a child or a wife abroad is forbidden to take the highest rank in politics - the Nobel Prize winner's deceased wife was a Briton, as were her two boys. That is why the constitutional amendment will be a top preoccupation of U Bo Bo Bo and his NLD counterparts in the new Bundestag.

He balances what he has lacked in practical experiences in the ideal. "It' s not difficult to be a politician," he says, and adds that the parties will choose which body he will sit on. But it is this very dependence on the public administration that annoys those like Daw Thet Thet Khine who only entered the political arena during the last elections.

Since the 48-year-old entrepreneur won a parliamentary office for the NLD, she no longer has enough free space to work on her doctorate in economics or to look after the jewellery imperium founded by her and her husbands. "NLD is lacking the right kind of expertise," she criticised. Thet Thet Thet Khine is not the only one who thinks partisans are trying to save Aung San Suu Kyi from everything and anyone who gets in her way.

As an example, NLD frustrators argue that leaders assign keys to those members they have trusted since the days when the NLD was an under ground policy group. As Daw Thet Thet Khine says, this means that there is not much room for talented newcomer - at least not at the moment.

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