Patience Tested

By Larry Jagan | Published in Bangkok Post 
The government of Aung San Suu Kyi has been in power in Myanmar for just over a year. But many people have become disillusioned with its performance. For the urban elite, the country seems directionless,…

“There are no policies, plans or strategy,” said Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing, a prominent Myanmar businessman and political commentator. As a result, for much of the past year, there has been deep inertia, with the…

But despite this growing frustration, the grassroots support for the National League for Democracy (NLD) remains strong. Recent by-elections also reflected continued backing for the government, except…

In the by-elections held at the beginning of April, the NLD retained 10 of the seats in which it stood; 19 seats in all were contested.

Of the 12 seats in the national parliament, the NLD won eight but conceded four — one to the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the rest to the Shan Nationalities League for…

But the NLD faired much worse in polls for seven regional parliamentary seats — winning only one in Shan state. Most of the seats were lost to ethnic parties — the SNLD won four — and a solitary seat…

Significantly, the NLD vote remained relatively firm — well over 60% in the national parliamentary by-elections, but turnout was very low — in many places just half that of the national polls in November…

But what is clear is that ethnic voters, the popular upwelling that propelled Aung San Suu Kyi to power has certainly evaporated. “I hope The Lady listens to the voices of the electorate,” said Ye Min…

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