Landslide victory in Myanmar/Burma
Elections were held in Myanmar/Burma on 8th November and results show a landslide victory for Aung San Suu Kyi´s party NLD. The military has publicly congratulated the winning party but many still struggle to trust that the election will end 50 years of military rule.
On 8th Nov, polling stations opened in most part of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and the country witnessed a voter turnout that few had dared to hope for. Queues of voters lined the streets and when exiting the polling stations many raised their inked pinky, as proof for voting, triumphantly up in the air. Both national as well as international observers reported the next day that by and large the election had been credible.
Since the democratic elections held in the 1960´s, the country has been under strict military rule. The elections in 1990 which gave a landslide victory to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi´s party National League for Democracy, NLD, ended with the military changing their mind and putting Aung San Suu Kyi in house arrest for 15 years. Many NLD members were also arrested and sentenced to long prison terms.
The election is about democracy
November 2015 and a NLD victory is again a fact. Many who lived through the traumatic events in 1990 are still waiting for election results to be officially endorsed by the militaries in the election commission. Aung San Suu Kyi has urged NLD supporters to stay calm and celebrate with respect to others. She says that the election is not about winners and losers but about democracy and reconciliation and has invited the military to discuss the future. There is much hope in the air.