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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Over 90 political parties in Burma election

National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters

Maybe we should try freedom in the U.S.

  • Even with some lingering military involvement, with 90 political parties, the elections in Myanmar (Burma) are more free than in the United States.

(BBC News)  -  Campaigning has begun in Myanmar, two months ahead of its first openly-contested general election in 25 years.
Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is expected to win the most seats, while losses are predicted for the ruling military-backed party.
Ms Suu Kyi is standing for parliament but is constitutionally barred from becoming president.
Over 90 parties will stand in the first national polls since a nominally civilian government took power in 2011.
In a video message released on her party's Facebook page, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi called for a free and fair election.
"For the first time in decades our people will have a real chance of bringing about real change," she said. "This is a chance that we cannot afford to let slip."
Highlighting concern the military might not respect a result that went against them, she added: "A smooth and tranquil transition is almost more important than a free and fair election."

Military veto

The constitution of Myanmar, also known as Burma, grants the military at least 25% of parliamentary seats, so the NLD and any allies will need to win at least two-thirds of the remaining seats in order to choose the next president.
Even if the NLD does win a parliamentary majority, the military is still guaranteed a veto over any constitutional change and its commander-in-chief will still control key ministerial appointments.

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Real Choices on Election Day
In the "free" United States voters have the phony choice of either the open borders, big government loving Republican Party or the open borders, big government loving Democrat Party.  If you think both "choices" suck you are just shit out of luck.
With all their problems, Burma has 90 political parties on the ballot and 11 parties elected to their House of Representatives.
Maybe we should try election freedom in America.

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