The revenge of Aung San Suu Kyi

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A smashing victory. Aung San Suu Kyi has won the legislative elections in Myanmar. The results are now official. Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has been granted 348 seats in Parliament. Therefore, it gives to the NLD the power to select the country’s next president. This victory is a huge revenge for “the Lady of Rangoon”, the main political figure of Myanmar.

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From a residential surveillance to the head of Myanmar, passing by the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the unusual path of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader and founder of the National League for Democracy.

She is about to govern the country which had her placed under house arrest for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010. A sweet revenge for the one who is called “Mother Suu” in her country.

Her arrival in power could mark a major step in the democratic transition which had began 4 years ago, with the auto-dissolution of the military junta.

But the road to Rangoon has one last obstacle. The Burmese Constitution prohibits access to the Supreme Function to anyone who got foreign children. This amendment to the Constitution had been created by the military junta, especially targeting Aung San Suu Kyi. She will have to fight her final battle to lead the country.

However, both the President and the commander in chief have acknowledged her victory, which leads us to believe that the transfer of power will be peaceful. The first in decades.

The new Parliament will meet in January, and the new President will be appointed in March. It will be the first time since 1962 that Myanmar will not be ruled by the military establishment.

Xavier de Lagausie,  IEJ 3E1

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