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Myanmar Election Aftermath

by Joshua Kurlantzick
April 3, 2012

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves toward her supporters after finishing her address during the election campaign at Mon State in Myanmar. Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves toward her supporters after finishing her address during the election campaign at Mon State in Myanmar. (Courtesy Reuters)

As the jubilation continues among Burmese democrats, some realities are starting to sink in. The victory in the by-elections, though enormous, will still only give the National League for Democracy (NLD) a small percentage of seats in parliament. The party will still have to contend with dominance by the military’s favored party, and rely on the fragile health of President Thein Sein to help keep the reforms going. In a new piece for The New Republic, I analyze the election aftermath. You can read the piece here.

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