Tag: Myanmar

Army-backed party sweeps Myanmar election

YANGON: Myanmar's biggest military-backed party won the country's first election in 20 years by a landslide on Tuesday after a carefully choreographed vote denounced by pro-democracy parties as rigged to preserve authoritarian rule.
Opposition parties conceded defeat but accused the military junta of fraud and said many state workers had been forced to support the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in advance balloting ahead of Sunday's vote.

Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed after elections

HANOI: Myanmar has said that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed after November 7 elections, as it attempts to deflect a barrage of criticism over the discredited polls.
Myanmar's elections, the nation's first in two decades, have been derided as a sham by critics who say they lack any credibility without the participation of Suu Kyi and other opposition figures.
Foreign Minister Nyan Win flagged the release at Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) talks,

Myanmar bars foreign media for election

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar said Monday foreign election observers and international media would not be allowed into the country for next month's election, seen by critics as a sham to entrench military rule.
Foreign diplomats and representatives from UN organisations based in Myanmar will be allowed to observe voting, said election commission chairman Thein Soe. But there is no need for overseas poll monitors because "our country has a lot of experience in elections," he said in a