Much like the citizens of Chile in 1990, the Burmese got tired of the military running and ruining their nation and they did something about it this year. The people voted, and Aung San Suu Kyi won (again) by a massive majority.
For too long the Burmese people could only look to the future and hope for change. Today they have a chance to enjoy the opportunities that the rest of us take for granted. Hopefully now, after decades of conflict, the future finally has arrived for Burma.
The election represents a critical milestone for this fledgling democracy; however, Myanmar's future political, social, and economic trajectory depends heavily on the transfer of power and ensuing formation of government and how the new ruling party is able to govern.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, global icon turned savvy Burmese politician, and her opposition democratic party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have won a resounding victory in Myanmar.
The asterisk involves the 25 percent of seats set aside for representatives of the military. This bloc also holds veto power over any constitutional changes. And, according to the constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi can't be president.
YANGON, Myanmar -- After almost five decades of military rule, having a democratic government is a dream no more. But the road ahead will be truly bumpy and tricky.
A Tortoise Revolution is underway in Myanmar, progressing so slowly and steadily -- you can barely notice it. But it's there. Five years ago it was too dangerous to even utter the word "democracy" in public.
YANGON, Myanmar -- If Suu Kyi's ascent is perceived as too threatening, there is greater risk that the military will continue to exploit anti-Muslim hostility in order to destabilize the post-election climate. And despite her numerous pro-democracy accolades, Suu Kyi has refused to speak in defense of the Rohingya Muslims and recently warned foreign media not to "exaggerate" their plight.
The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people.
Burma now has a hybrid system of military rule and democracy. It's democracy on a leash. The victims of human rights abuses can't wait for a hoped slow transition. They need genuine democracy, and they need it now. For them it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. It isn't time to celebrate yet.
Trying to predict the outcome of the election has been deemed by at least one Myanmar-based media outlet as "lunacy," however, three scenarios are emerging as the most likely outcomes of November 8.
The US government is paying money to strategically 'advise and support' Myanmar's Union Election Commission (UEC), which is disqualifying Muslim parliamentarians, striking Muslims from the ballot in next week's parliamentary elections, and even blocking their right to vote.
The meeting between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Obama made for a nice photo op for two Nobel Prize winners, but as Burma goes into election mode in late 2015, progress has been made on none of these promises and hopes.
All is not silent in Burma. There's malaria. Drug-resistant malaria, to be exact. It's the other silent struggle, and very few are talking about it.
If just one Rohingya is recruited by ISIS, Myanmar's internal sectarian crisis and regional refugee crisis will only get worse.