By Findley Penn-Hughes
The statement in 2008 by way of the ruling kingdom Peace and improvement Council (SPDC) of wide-ranging reforms as a part of the ‘roadmap to democracy’ hence represented the best wish of democratic reform for part a century. Following the enactment of constitutional reforms and trumpeted elections in 2010, the nation now represents an ostensibly democratic, constitutional procedure. all through early 2011 the newly shaped ‘civilian’ executive published over seven hundred political prisoners, oversaw a leisure of media censorship and legalised the precise to unionisation together with a re-emergence of competition politics.
This essay examines how the pass over among the problems of 'ethnicity' in Myanmar and the perceived position of the army one of the army institution because the sole protectors of the team spirit of the Union of Myanmar act to create political stagnation within the kingdom. by way of accomplishing the political method on their phrases, the army is making sure that competition politics is robbed of the political house with which to handle the ethnic nationalities head on. The NLD is now the one team that has the cultural and political ability to do that. In its non-stop failure to take action it may possibly but plunge Myanmar right into a interval of political instability as soon as again.
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A Fool's Paradise? Ethnicity, Military and Prospects for Democratisation in Myanmar by Findley Penn-Hughes