Burmese politics today

Not long ago, the military regime replaced itself with a civilian regime, led by an ex army General, Thein Sein, in March 2011, and he claims he wants to introduce reforms and major changes in the country and he has released some political prisoners. It is still too early to see how genuine these intentions are, but the fact is that Aung San Suu Kyi, who was finally released from house arrest last year, is free to travel the country and campaign on behalf of NLD and she is taking part in talks with the government in order to introduce reforms.

Recently (early jan 2012) Aung San Suu Kyi has said she is not happy with the slow pace of reform and is waiting for the release of all political prisoners but that she still places her trust in the civilian president Thein Sein who, she recently said, she felt was an honest person. She will also be taking part in the by- elections this April which could bring her into parliament. Other than that:

„ She said her priorities in 2012 include domestic peace, the rule of law, and plans to change the undemocratic elements in the military-drafted Constitution.” (Irrawaddy Times)

Apart from that, in the words of a popular Burmese comedian and activist, known to his fans as Zarganar: „Right now it’s a new dawn in Burma. We must work hard to make sure the new dawn turns into a new day. But we have to make sure we don’t return to the old dark.“    (quote from Hannah Beech’s article in Time Magazine -30 Nov  2011-  )

 


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