November Member To Member Lunch: Democracy In Myanmar? Response To The Elections

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World Affairs Council - Seattle says
Myanmar (also referred to as Burma) has undergone significant political, economic, and social reforms in recent years. In November 2010 military rule was replaced by a new military-backed civilian government. Five years later, many Burmese are celebrating the results of the first relatively free and open general elections in 25 years. Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy achieved a landslide election victory over the current military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, winning majorities in both houses of parliament.

Despite the positive developments in Myanmar, there is still cause for concern. Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president due to a constitutional clause and the military maintains significant power in the country through their veto on constitutional changes and influence in politics and the economy. Although current President Thein Sein is promising a smooth transition to the new government in the new year, many are skeptical considering the military junta refused to recognize similar election results in 1990.

On November 30, join the World Affairs Council for a timely Member-to-Member Lunch on the recent election results in Myanmar. The conversation will be led by Larry Dohrs, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Campaign for Burma, and visiting scholar in Southeast Asian Studies at Texas Christian University.
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By: World Affairs Council - Seattle

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