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Video of the Week: Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party supporters celebrate victory

2 Apr

I started working on the Thai-Burma border during the week leading up to Burma’s November 2010 elections. The elections were a sham. The main opposition party, Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, was boycotting the election. Daw Suu with still under house arrest. Unsurprisingly, the military backed party, the USDP, won the vast majority of seats in Parliament.

Yesterday, Daw Suu along with 40 or so of her NLD comrades swept by-elections held in 45 constituencies in Burma.

The Parliament is still a joke. The USDP and Military hold about 80% of the body’s 659 seats. No changes to the 2008, military-drafted constitution can be made without 75%+ of the vote…a figure that would impossible to reach in even a general election, as 25% of the seats are reserved for the military.

Nevertheless, the difference between yesterday’s election and those held in November 2010 are very real, and worth celebrating.

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