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Aung San Suu Kyi’s First Interview After The Historical Election

Aung San Suu Kyi’s First Interview After The Historical Election

Even through, the first civilian election of Myanmar’s history has not announced the result officially with these days, the opposition party’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi gives an exclusive with BBC today.


“The result haven’t been coming in steadily and we probably will get around 75% in the union registration. The minimum requirement will be 70% if we are able to form a government on our own,” Ms Suu Kyi told BBC’s reporter on Tuesday, November 11, 2015.


The world is focusing on Myanmar attentively after the most ‘free-and-fair’ election recently took place last Sunday. It is expected that the National League of Democracy (NLD) will win the vote by the landslide. The unofficial data collected at the polling station throughout the country estimated that the party won 80% of the seat; Ms Suu Kyi’s supporters, however, see the situation variously. While this election is believed ‘fair’ enough to welcome democracy to the country, some are still sceptical and remember the last national election in 1990 when NLD was declared as the winner but later was annulled the result by the military government.


Although the military ruler, Thein Sein, promised to respect the upcoming result, the administrative system had been set obviously in favour of the authorities by reserving 25% seat in both upper and lower parliaments for the lawmakers appointed by the military.


“[The military rulers] have been saying repeatedly that they will respect the will of the people and they will implement the result of the election,” the leader of NLD said when she was asked whether the aftermath will be as it is supposed to.


Ms Suu Kyi seemed to see the bright prospect Myanmar’s democracy and believed that people in her country were making a different. “The time is different, the people are different. I find people are far more politicised now than when we were back – not just in 1990 but more than when they were in 2012 when we campaigned for the by-election. They are much very alert for what’s going on around them. And of course, there is a communication revolution. Everybody can get on the internet and inform everyone else what’s going on. So it’s much more difficult for anyone who wish to be engaged with the regularity to get us out of it.”


World’s leaders are now praising on the success of Myanmar’s first step towards democracy. According to the Guardian, Sek Wannamethee, Thailand’s foreign affairs spokesman stated that Prayuth Chan-ocha complimented Myanmar President Thein Sein for the election consequence and appreciated their military rulers for allowing Thai observers to monitor the polls.


China was one of few international friend of Myanmar’s junta leader. Hong Lei, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said that regardless to the difference of the political system China still remain supportive for Myanmar.


“As a friendly neighbour of Myanmar, China supports Myanmar in all political agendas after the election in accordance with law so as to realize national stability and long-term development. China is ready to continue to provide assistance to election-related activities in line with Myanmar's will.”


Credit : bbc.com