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Democracy in Myanmar?

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

There is no guarantee about what the junta in Myanmar will do even if a political party wins elections by fantastic margins. Aung San Suu Kyi, who has long struggled to bring democracy to Myanmar, had to spend 15 years under house arrest despite having won elections in the past. The country held its first tiol elections in 25 years last Sunday. Though the full results are yet to be announced, on Monday, the ruling United Solidarity and Development Party ((USDP) conceded defeat to Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. Hray Oo, leader of the USDP told Reuters, “We lost.” On Tuesday, Suu Kyi said that her party had won 78 of the 88 seats. She was confident of her party winning about 75 per cent of the seats and said the results could not be sabotaged this time because the people are far more alert today that they were in the past. But people have not stopped worrying whether the army will let democracy function in Myanmar. After all, the army will keep 25 per cent of the seats in Parliament and Suu Kyi is barred from becoming President.

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