You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

Myanmar elections: Suu Kyi expected to return to power as voting begins

Suu Kyi''s National League for Democracy party won the last elections in 2015 in a landslide, ending more than five decades of military-directed rule in the country

Topics
Aung San Suu Kyi | Myanmar | India-Myanmar

AP  |  Yangon 

Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: PTI
Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: PTI

Voting began Sunday morning in Myanmar's elections, with the ruling party of Nobel Peace Prize laureate heavily favoured to be returned to power.

More than 90 parties are competing for seats in the lower and upper houses of the national Parliament. There are more than 37 million people eligible to vote, including 5 million first-time voters. Fear of the coronavirus and safety measures put in place to contain it may hurt voter turnout.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won the last elections in 2015 in a landslide, ending more than five decades of military-directed rule in the country.

Her NLD party's main challenger, as it was five years ago, is the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, which has led the opposition in Parliament.

The ability of Suu Kyi's administration to run the country has been hamstrung by a clause in the 2008 army-drafted constitution giving the military 25 per cent of the seats in Parliament, allowing it to block constitutional reforms.

Suu Kyi remains Myanmar's most popular politician. But her government has fallen short of expectations, with economic growth doing little to alleviate widespread poverty and a failure to ease tensions among the country's fractious ethnic groups.

The state election commission say it will begin to announce election results Monday morning. But it may take up to a week to collect all of the results, some of which will come from remote jungle areas.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sun, November 08 2020. 06:40 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.