Burma: full board for the party of Aung San Suu Kyi in Parliament
2 years ago
A tidal wave for the party of Nobel Prize peace. The party of Burmese opposition Aung San Suu Kyi got Friday absolute majority in Parliament and will be able to form the government, according to official results published five days after legislative marking a historic turning point.
The long awaited threshold that allows the National League for Democracy (NLD) to be a majority in both houses, despite the presence of a quarter of unelected military members, is finally reached.
According to the latest results from the electoral commission, which has not yet completed the total count, the NLD won 348 seats.
Rising tide for the party of Aung San Suu Kyi
“It will be really a parliament dominated by the NLD, they will be able to pass all laws that they want and they will not have to form a coalition, “Richard Horsey analysis, expert told AFP.
A score leaving only crumbs to his opponents, especially the ruling party of the heirs of the military junta. These heirs of the former regime, however, will remain a crucial political force in the country thanks to the 25% of military members. But also because the army chief has the power to appoint key ministers such as Interior and Defense.
But the analyst Richard Horsey believes, however, that for this transitional period, the “Lady of Yangon” must seek to “keep everyone on board” and be diplomatic with the military. It is found, however, for the first time, facing a position of strength to those who have kept 15 years under house arrest.
Aung San Suu Kyi has already called on the Burmese president and army chief in discussions of national reconciliation. She is expected to visit Monday in Naypyidaw, the administrative capital located five hours of Yangon route for the resumed session of the outgoing Parliament, during negotiations behind the scenes.
The army says it is ready to “cooperate”
So far, the ex-generals in power for the self-dissolution of the junta in 2011, after decades of military dictatorship , announced that they would play the game of handover. Even the powerful Burmese army expressed its readiness to “cooperate” and President Thein Sein praised Aung San Suu Kyi for “winning the approval of the people” in the first free elections in 25 years. The reaction of the army to a crushing victory was one of the main reasons for concern, Aung San Suu Kyi who promised to unravel a system giving the military considerable political power.
In this context, Strategy NLD since the vote was to lay low, to let the post-junta government time to accept his defeat.
Yet the crowd of his supporters just waiting for the signal to Aung Suu Kyi exploded with joy, in a country where the emotion aroused by these elections is intense but has not yet been really express themselves, the opponent has given the instruction to wait for the final results.
She plans to be “above the president”
His victory has nonetheless been recognized by many head of state. US President Barack Obama , which has twice during official travel in Burma met Aung San Suu Kyi, has “praised the efforts and constant sacrifices” the opponent, who could not see grow his two son, remained in England with their father.
After the euphoria of victory settled, the party will nevertheless be tight, due to the political and economic weight of the military. Aung San Suu Kyi will anyway not become president due to a tailored Constitution against it by the junta, which prohibits any person of foreign children to attend – his family have British nationality. But she has already warned that it had “a plan” and would be “above the president.”
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who congratulated, has also praised the “courage and vision” of President Thein Sein for carrying out reforms in four years, despite signs of tensions such as the arrest of students recently. But also warned that it was still “much work” to make Burma a democracy.