After Electoral Triumph, What's Next For Myanmar's Democracy Movement?
Myanmar's democratic elections gave the opposition party a landslide victory. But the party still needs to translate those votes into real change.By Matt Picht | November 13, 2015
Myanmar just wrapped up its first free and open democratic elections in 25 years, and the results are an unambiguous victory for the National League for Democracy opposition party and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It's being applauded as a landmark moment for a country which has endured 50 years of autocratic military rule. But the NLD's democratic victory comes with a couple important caveats — and quite a few big challenges for the party in the future.
First, Myanmar's constitution sort of undercuts the election results; the military is still in mandatory control of 25 percent of the seats in parliament, along with crucial ministries like home and defense.