1 April 2012
The good news from Burma keeps coming in after regional by-elections there in 45 districts. It is not an April Fools joke. According to the Mizzima news service, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy looks to have won 44 of the 45 contested seats in the Burmese parliament. Official results will be released later this week.
A former political prisoner said to me this morning: “I am glad for my people, who were peacefully able to let the world know that they didn’t want the (junta’s) government.”
A western friend outside NLD headquarters in Yangon wrote: “People are genuinely happy here and I’ll never forget the sound of people cheering in the streets when the results were shown on the screen at the headquarters. It’s a beautiful moment here and I hope it lasts.”
This last sentiment — “I hope it lasts” — is the…
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