Myanmar’s Post-Election Landscape

Myanmar’s Post-Election Landscape


PUBLICATION: International Crisis Group

DATE: 2011.03.07

INFORMATION: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-east-asia/burma-myanmar/B118-myanmars-post-election-landscape.aspx

The November 2010 elections in Myanmar were not free and fair and the country has not escaped authoritarian rule. Predictably, in such a tightly controlled poll, the regime’s own Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won a landslide victory leaving the military elite still in control. Together with the quarter of legislative seats reserved for soldiers, this means there will be little political space for opposition members in parliament. The new government that has been formed, and which will assume power in the coming weeks, also reflects the continued dominance of the old order with the president and one of the two vice presidents drawn from its ranks and a number of cabinet ministers recycled. Nevertheless, it would be a mistake to conclude that nothing has changed. The top two leaders of the former military regime have stepped aside, and a new generation has taken over…