The NLD was reelected in 2020 with more seats than it won in 2015. Myanmar’s transition is not regressing, but many priorities remain before the state truly democratizes: conducting transparent trials of military officers who were involved in the killings of Rohingyas, solving the conflict between the Arakan Army and the Tatmadaw in Rakhine State, ensuring that enduring armed conflicts do not undermine citizens’ ability to vote, making sure the National Ceasefire Agreement prevents the resurgence of old animosities, demilitarizing the constitution, and restraining the military’s ability to sue opposition for defamation.
Myanmar in 2020: Citizens Have Voted for the Democratic Transition to Continue, but Democracy Remains Far Ahead
Marie-Eve Reny is a Hundred Talents Researcher in the Department of Sociology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Her report is based on the Irrawaddy’s coverage of events in Myanmar in 2020, and to a limited extent, that of Frontier and Myanmar Times. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Marie-Eve Reny; Myanmar in 2020: Citizens Have Voted for the Democratic Transition to Continue, but Democracy Remains Far Ahead. Asian Survey 1 February 2021; 61 (1): 138–143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2021.61.1.138
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