Aung San Suu Kyi’s Victory Will Not Make a Difference in Myanmar

Landslide Win for Aung San Suu Kyi

Landslide Win for Aung San Suu Kyi
Landslide Win for Aung San Suu Kyi | Source

Spent Years under House Arrest


Landslide Win for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has swept the by-elections conducted by the military junta. NLD has won 40 seats so far out of 45 seats for which elections were held. It is reported to be leading in three more seats making it a total of a possible 43 seats out of 45. It is no doubt a landslide sweep for the NLD. This was made possible because of the immense popularity of Aung San Suu Kyi who is held in high esteem by the people of Myanmar.

Spent Years under House Arrest

Aung San Suu Kyi was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years before she was released last year. Aung San Suu Kyi won the elections in Myanmar in 1990 but was not allowed to rule by the military junta. Instead, she was jailed and denied all access to the outside world.

USA Has One Rule for Pakistan and another Rule for Myanmar

International sanctions were applied to Myanmar by USA and the West. America and its Western allies always follow a principled stand. What is this principled stand? If the military tramples democracy and takes over the power in Pakistan, then USA and its allies will give all help and pour billions of dollars into Pakistan. But if the same thing happens in Myanmar, then they will apply sanctions. Under this ‘principled’ stand, Myanmar was denied all assistance because of suppression of democracy in that country.

‘Civilian’ Government in Yangon

The military junta tried to resist it but in the end, after many years, came to the conclusion that the best way to get the international sanctions lifted was to pretend supporting democracy in Myanmar. For this, as a first step, the junta conducted sham elections. The military itself promoted a political party and conducted elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi and her party NLD were not allowed to participate. Without any opposition, the military’s political party came to power in Myanmar in 2010. The junta thought that as a ‘civilian’ government had been installed in Yangon, the Western nations would lift their sanctions. But this did not happen.

USA Has One Rule for Pakistan and another Rule for Myanmar

USA Has One Rule for Pakistan and another Rule for Myanmar
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Junta Deliberately Permitted Aung San Suu Kyi to Contest and Win

Then the junta took the next step. They released Aung San Suu Kyi from prison and allowed her to travel ‘freely’ wherever she wanted. Even then the Western nations were not moved. As the third step, the junta permitted Aung San Suu Kyi to contest the by-elections. She was allowed to campaign freely. Even international observers were permitted to oversee the election campaign and electoral process. Everything was conducted in a fair manner and there was no fraud or cheating during the election. People were allowed to vote freely. The expected result has come at last. Aung San Suu Kyi and her party NLD swept the polls.

Aung San Suu Kyi Will Not Be Allowed To Contest 2015 Elections

Now will the Western countries life the sanctions against Myanmar? I do not know about it. But in my opinion, the sanctions should continue. This is because the military junta permitted Aung San Suu Kyi to win the by-elections deliberately, knowing fully well that Aung San Suu Kyi cannot capture the power with this victory. The main elections are due in 2015 in Myanmar. I feel that the military will arrest Aung San Suu Kyi well before the 2015 elections and ban the NLD also. Only the party promoted by the military will be allowed to contest the 2015 elections in Myanmar and therefore Aung San Suu Kyi has no chance of coming to power. Even if Aung San Suu Kyi is allowed to contest the 2015 elections, the military will rig the results and deny Aung San Suu Kyi power.

Pakistan Is More Dangerous Than Myanmar to World Peace

The military in Myanmar has only fooled the USA and the Western nations by ‘allowing’ Aung San Suu Kyi to contest and win the by-election. This will not shift the balance of power away from the military. The military still has 25% seats in the parliament. Therefore the Western nations should not be fooled by this act of the junta. But at the same time I do not see any logic in denying assistance to Myanmar and pouring billions of dollars funds into Pakistan which is acting as the epicentre of all terrorism in the world. In fact Pakistan terrorists are responsible for the terrorist acts committed even in China, Pakistan’s all-weather friend. If the Western countries have any sense, they should stop assisting Pakistan first. Pakistan is more dangerous to the world peace than Myanmar.

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