National reconciliation – set by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the main task of the government she is to form following her party’s landslide election victory – is seen as the key to unlocking the military’s decades-long grip on political power.
Civilians fleeing offensives by government forces in central Shan State were quoted by aid officials as saying the Tatmadaw was continuing its air strikes yesterday against the main base of the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP).
The small Muslim community in the border trading town of Muse, Shan State, is reeling following the death of a young Muslim man while in police custody.
While the elections have raised prospects that remaining US sanctions on Myanmar may be lifted, the first shuffling of the blacklist since the polls involved adding names, including the North Korean ambassador.
In the final days before the election, many analysts were predicting the National League for Democracy might struggle to get an absolute majority in parliament, where the military is allocated 25 percent of seats in both houses.
Ko Thant Kyaw Oo, 21, student
“I’m worried that the military government will not cede power. They have controlled the country for more than 50 years, so it will be hard for them to let go. But no matter what happens, we, the people of Myanmar, will never support violence. We will control ourselves and stay peaceful.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy has secured an absolute majority in the combined houses of parliament which guarantees her party has the numbers to secure her choice of the next president.
After controversy over advance votes embarrassed the “dignity” of the winning candidate, the Shan State election sub-commission yesterday clarified the result: Vice President Sai Mauk Kham won fairly.
The elections have been widely acclaimed as peaceful and historic, but many remain worried about the prospects for a smooth transfer of power to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government over the next four months.