Suu Kyi Barred From Standing In ‘Elections’

Aung San Suu Kyi will be barred from running for elections in Myanmar under a draft constitution proposed by the country’s military government, because she has been married to a foreigner. The Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate was married to Michael Aris, a British citizen who died of cancer in the UK in 1999. The government’s announcement comes ahead of a May referendum on the new constitution which, if approved, will pave the way for democratic elections in 2010.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which includes Myanmar among its 10-nation membership, criticised the move on Wednesday but said it was powerless to do anything.

Sore losers I suppose.

In 1990, the military junta called a general election, which the National League for Democracy won decisively. Being the NLD’s candidate, Aung San Suu Kyi under normal circumstances would have assumed the office of Prime Minister. Instead, the results were nullified, and the military refused to hand over power. 

Um, at this point the most constructive thing I can say is fuck ’em, exactly how remains to be worked out.

3 Responses to “Suu Kyi Barred From Standing In ‘Elections’”

  1. ralfast Says:

    Any other day of this century I would ask “but what does her marriage to a foreigner has anything to do with…” but then I remember this is the 21st century where we go forward a decade by going back a thousand years.

  2. Leftwing Criminologist Says:

    Getting rid of the burmese junta… now there’s a big one. Back in Novemmber last year I was fortunate enough to chair a discussion at Socialism 2007 in London on Burma in the aftermath of the uprising there. I find it impressive the fact that the burmese people have risen up massively at least twice now… it’s a pity they haven’t managed to gte rid of the junta though

  3. RickB Says:

    Hey Rafael, yeah some kind of time slip occurred and the clocks went back a millennia not forward, they are playing to ultra nationalist (who are not too fussy about fascism) and trying to stoke old animosity towards the UK (which is deserved but they use it simply as a tool to attack opposition, they don’t give a shit anything to hold onto power).
    LC- That must have been good, yeah twice in recent memory and this time the monks came out which was really significant. I really hope they can find a way towards self determination, the US could overrun the place off of Chevron’s footprint and neo-liberalise it to hell, certainly that is what is behind some western hand wringing, they are eyeing the capital to be had. But one step at a time, the junta are a disastrous corrupt bunch of thugs, I just hope that to get rid of them they don’t have to sell too much of their future to others.


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