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(Analysis) Myanmar: Challenges Ahead As New Parliament Begins Work

2016-03-09 09:00:41       source:Eurasia Review

March 8, 2016


"Myanmar's new parliament sat for the first time in February, ushering in a new era of democracy and signalling the end of more than 50 years of military rule. After Aung San Suu Kyi’s decades-long struggle for human rights and political reform in the Southeast Asian country, the National League for Democracy (NLD), was elected by a landslide majority last November, providing her with a powerful mandate to govern.


On the surface, it appears that the process of political change in Myanmar is surging forward at an unprecedented rate, with a more positive and prosperous future on the horizon. However, the new government has many significant political hurdles still to overcome before it can embark upon the more daunting task of tackling Myanmar’s complex social and economic problems. Whilst there are reasons for initial optimism, the legacy of Myanmar’s first democratically-elected government since the early 1960s will be defined by its reaction to the longer-term challenges which it faces: maintaining internal political stability and economic progress, reducing poverty, and resolving the country’s complex ethnic conflicts."


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