Inside Story

A new era in Myanmar?

Sunday sees the first multiparty general election in Myanmar after decades of dictatorship.

Myanmar’s election is being seen as a chance for another step towards democracy.

The National League for Democracy – the party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – is widely expected to win Sunday’s poll.

President Thein Sein says the government and the military will respect the result. Military leaders partially handed over power to a civilian government in 2011.

However, the military still wields a great deal of power. The constitution says 25 percent of the seats in parliament are reserved for the military.

So, is Myanmar really on a path to democracy? And is the military willing to cede more power?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Nyantha Maw Lin – Managing Director of Vriens and Partners.

Marie Lall – South Asia and Myanmar specialist of University College London.

Ashley South – Independent analyst and consultant specialising in ethnic politics in Myanmar.