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Interpreting Recent Developments in Myanmar as an Attempt to Establish Political Legitimacy

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Authors
Ganesan, N.
Issue Date
2013-11
Publisher
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.1 No.2, pp. 253-274
Keywords
Myanmardemocratizationpolitical reformspolitical legitimacyAung San Suu Kyi
Abstract
Myanmar is currently undergoing widespread changes that are transforming the countrys political and socio-economic landscape. These changes include the newly promulgated Constitution that was ratified in 2008 and a national election held in November 2010. Additionally, by-elections in April 2012 saw the return to Parliament of the National League for Democracy and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The reforms under the new Thein Sein-led government include a congenial working relationship with the political opposition, freeing political prisoners and the granting of amnesty to political exiles to encourage their return, the negotiation of ceasefire agreements with almost all of the ethnic insurgent armies, and the inauguration of the Myanmar Peace Centre as a vehicle for the resolution of domestic conflict. These and related reforms are designed to secure the governments internal and external political legitimacy which it has lacked since the fall of the previous socialist government in 1988.
ISSN
2288-2693 (print)
2288-2707 (online)
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/90860
DOI
https://doi.org/10.18588/201311.000015
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