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World is watching Myanmar election

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-09-2015 14:57 BJT

By Ling Dequan, Researcher, Center for World Affairs Studies, Xinhua News Agency  
The international media is focusing on the upcoming Myanmar elections on November 8. Myanmar is an important Southeast Asia nation with 52 million people and rich in natural resources. Nevertheless, its complex politics, society, ethnic groups, and religions have caused instability and lagging economic development for a long time.

This is the first election in Myanmar in the past 25 years. 6,038 candidates from 91 political parties and independent runners are competing for more than 1,000 seats at three levels of Parliament.

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and largest opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) have nominated 1000 candidates for seats with 33 million eligible voters casting ballots.

Polling stations had opened at 6 a.m. and are closed at 4 p.m. local time. There are around 40,000 polling stations nationwide. To ensure safety, 40,000 police officers would guard polling stations nationwide.

On Election Day, some restaurants and markets were closed. 11,000 local and foreign observers  supervised the elections.

Election results are expected to be released stage by stage from November 9.  After the final election results are announced, Myanmar would establish a new federal parliament early next year, and elect a president and vice president.

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) are the main parties of the election.

Aung San Suu Kyi can be a candidate for Parliament, and Speaker for House of Representatives as well, but not eligible to run for the President, since her son and late husband are of British nationality.

Observers believe Myanmar's political landscape can be divided into four groups: Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), National League for Democracy (NLD), the military (according to the current constitutional the military has 25% of non-elected seats in Parliament at all levels), and ethnic parties (local political forces).

As for Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and National League for Democracy (NLD), who will win the election can be attributed to the number of seats of Parliament, and support from the army and ethnic political parties.

Wide predictions say the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Aung San Suu Kyi will win the election. U Thein Sein said he is willing to hand over power no matter which party wins the election.

The highlight will be the races between Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and National League for Democracy (NLD) to determine Myanmar's future domestic development and foreign policy.

The priority is to win over the people’s support and to achieve a national reconciliation, peace, stability and economic development.

Myanmar stands in a political and social transition. Reconciliation, harmony, peace, stability and development are the common aspirations of the Myanmar people, which is in line with the fundamental interests of the country.

The re-grouping of various political forces, contests and cooperation would determine the future of the nation, while covert activities by external forces could impact domestic politics.

Myanmar is China’s friendly neighbor with a traditional "blood brother" friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 65 years ago, China and Myanmar has endured winds and rains but never changed. Pragmatic cooperation in various fields has created fruitful outcomes for a solidarity community of common interests and destiny.

This is the result made by generations of leaders of the two countries, along with the joint efforts of the two peoples that should be cherished. Beijing has remained a steadfast supporter of bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.

Beijing has been endorsing Myanmar’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, respecting its independent development path, the process of national reconciliation to push forward a traditional friendship and pragmatic cooperation.

The Chinese people and its media pay much attention to the general elections in Myanmar, expecting a stable political situation that would improve people's livelihoods. Beijing hopes, the new government will promote friendly relations with China.


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