suu kyis new govt faces first test at myanmar polls
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 05:21:58
Arab Today, arab today

Suu Kyi's new govt faces first test at Myanmar polls

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Suu Kyi's new govt faces first test at Myanmar polls

The euphoria that surrounded Aung San Suu Kyi's landslide electoral win in 2015
Yangon - ArabToday

 Aung San Suu Kyi's government will face its first test at the ballot box on Saturday in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a barometer for growing disillusionment with her party a year after it took office.

The euphoria that surrounded the democracy icon's landslide electoral win in 2015 has ebbed as her party struggles to push through promised reforms.

Discontent is particularly acute in ethnic minority areas where many see Suu Kyi as working too closely with the military that ran the country for 50 years and still controls key levers of government. 

With only 19 seats up for election, the poll is unlikely to alter the balance of power in a government firmly dominated by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. 

But the voting may offer a glimpse into the public's view on the party's first year in power. 

Hundreds of voters lined up outside polling stations on the outskirts of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon early Saturday, though the scene lacked the fanfare and enthusiasm that marked the historic 2015 polls.

"But I am sure the NLD will win again," he added. Chit Min, a resident in Dagon Seikkan suburb, told AFP many of his friends decided not to vote this time around. 

The party will face its toughest challenge to the north in Shan State, where tens of thousands have been displaced by a surge in fighting between the army and ethnic insurgents.

"There are many victims of war here and other ethnic areas now," Sai One Leng Kham, an upper house MP from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, told AFP.

The NLD "needs to understand the real situation. Sometimes they are working without any understanding of what's going on on the ground," he added.

In strife-torn Rakhine State on Myanmar's western coastline, the party will face a strong challenge not only from the local ethnic minority Arakan National Party but also the military-backed USDP.

The USDP led the transitional government that took over from the junta in 2011, but was trounced in elections four years later that swept the NLD to power.

To the south in Mon, the NLD is facing a backlash over the naming of a new bridge after Suu Kyi's father that many see as a symbol of the party's disregard for minorities.

Myanmar's economic and political elite, including the NLD, have long been dominated by the majority Bamar ethnicity.  

"Now more people think MPs from ethnic parties should be in parliament," said local Nyan Soe, who was among tens of thousands who protested over the bridge.

"The NLD has not been good for ethnic people since it took power. They don't care much about how ethnic people feel."

Saw Tun, an NLD MP from Mon state, said he is nonetheless confident of victory after receiving strong support on the campaign trail.

source: AFP

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

suu kyis new govt faces first test at myanmar polls suu kyis new govt faces first test at myanmar polls

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

suu kyis new govt faces first test at myanmar polls suu kyis new govt faces first test at myanmar polls

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 09:32 2018 Wednesday ,12 December

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

GMT 21:09 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Trump names former Navy aviator to head NASA

GMT 14:48 2016 Thursday ,24 November

Deciphering Trump's mixed signals

GMT 15:31 2017 Sunday ,22 January

Ghala GC’s Kais Golf Celebration a great success

GMT 00:59 2017 Tuesday ,17 January

Belarus president wraps up Egypt visit

GMT 02:56 2017 Wednesday ,11 January

Kuwaiti shaikh's killers confess after arrest

GMT 17:57 2014 Monday ,10 February

Sheikha Fatima pioneer of progress

GMT 14:04 2017 Thursday ,06 April

Expert: Egypt will achieve economic growth

GMT 07:47 2016 Wednesday ,20 July

Egypt nominates ex-minister

GMT 07:55 2016 Wednesday ,07 December

Syria army makes new gains, pins down rebels in Aleppo

GMT 14:11 2017 Wednesday ,11 January

Meetings Morocco: The New Era of Business Tourism
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday