Monday, April 2, 2012

The Beautiful Face of Democracy in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi

After more than two decades of dictatorial rule by the Myanmar military, the world heralds the success of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma) in winning at least 40 of the 45 open seats in parliment in yesterday's election. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar in December, 2011 as the US began talks to restore diplomatic relations with Myanmar. President Obama has advocated the use of peaceful and diplomatic measures over the use of military actions to move authoritarian regimes toward democracy .

The Obama administration is cautiously endorsing the recent elections as a positive step toward the restoration of democracy in Burma.  It has been the ordinary people of Burma that have kept the hope of democracy alive for more than 20 years even as the people and their leaders were imprisoned, tortured and murdered for taking a brave stand for feedom. 

Update November 9, 2015: Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD Party wins 35 of 36 seats in election!


  1. Most encouraging. A true heroine. She risked everything to make this possible.....

  2. In blossoming democracies, hope is real, palatable. If only they can preserve that feeling. Bon chance!