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  • OPINION

    Hardliners sulk as Suu Kyi shines

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 22/02/2012

    » Much is riding on the outcome of the forthcoming polls in Myanmar, and more particularly the way in which these by-elections are conducted.

  • OPINION

    Election fever grips Myanmar, 2 years ahead of time

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 13/05/2013

    » Myanmar's next national elections - more than two years away - are already preoccupying the country's leaders and the opposition. "Everyone is focused on 2015," said a Myanmar government official, who declined to be identified. "All the parties have started to gear up for the next election campaign."

  • OPINION

    Ruling party prepares to go to polls

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/05/2015

    » Myanmar's ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is getting ready for the forthcoming elections amid increased internal tension and uncertainty over its political future. "There is a very real danger of the party splitting," said a USDP MP on condition of anonymity.

  • OPINION

    Presidential rivals gear up for race

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/07/2015

    » Myanmar's elections are only three months away and the battle to become the country's next president is already in full swing, with the current incumbent seeking a second term in office. The two goliaths within the governing party — the current president Thein Sein and the speaker of the lower house, Shwe Mann, are the leading contenders.The Union Solidarity Party (USDP) has been a two-headed dragon, with both of them vying for control of the party and government policy: with the party's presidential nomination the key prize. But the battle for the presidency is far from being a two-horse race.

  • THAILAND

    Suu Kyi supporters revel warily with an unfamiliar hope

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/11/2015

    » YANGON: When Aung San Suu Kyi took to the stage during the campaign, there was as much a sense of anticipation as there was of unfinished business. A feeling that this time she would claim the election win denied her 25 years ago.

  • OPINION

    Ethnic parties give wake-up call to NLD

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 06/11/2018

    » Analysts are poring over the results of Myanmar's by-elections which took place on Saturday, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties -- the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) -- but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are limited.

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