06 Nov '11, 2am

Myanmar sees tentative changes one year after vote

BANGKOK: One year on from an election condemned by the West as a farce, military-dominated Myanmar has surprised critics with a series of reformist moves allowing hope for change in the repressive state. On November 7, 2010, 29 million voters were asked to cast their ballots in the country's first election for 20 years, choosing representatives to a two-chamber parliament and regional assemblies. A quarter of the seats were reserved for the military, however, and the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party claimed an overwhelming victory. The poll was marred by claims of cheating and the absence of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released a week later after seven years of house arrest. Her opposition party was delisted for boycotting the vote. But although it is controlled by the military, Myanmar's new government has reached out to opponents and signal...

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