REUTERS/Soe Than Win - Thura Shwe Mann speaks during the lower house parliamentary session at the lower house (People's Parliament) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar August 22, 2011.

Opinion | Southeast Asia View

Purge of Shwe Mann not death knell for democracy in Myanmar

August 2015, Lynn Kuok

In this Southeast Asia View, Lynn Kuok examines the recent ouster of leading presidential candidate Thura Shwe Mann just three months ahead of Myanmar’s general election in November 2015, and what this means for the future of democracy in Myanmar.

  • In the News

    What the armed forces appear to be against is a democracy that runs counter to what it perceives as the country's national interests [in Myanmar]. Preserving the armed forces' continued influence in Parliament would be one such interest.

    August 21, 2015, Lynn Kuok, The Straits Times
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    Myanmar/Burma: Watch this space!

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  • In the News

    Students [protesting in Myanmar] object to the National Education Law vesting too much control over education in the central government's hands through the creation of a government-controlled National Education Commission and Higher Education Cooperation Committee, which have wide-ranging powers.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The issue of education and educational reform is a particularly thorny one given Myanmar’s history. Students have been responsible for leading many of the country’s main protests, such as in 1988, 1996 and 1998. Students were also involved in the monk-led Saffron Revolution of 2007. For 10 out of the 12 years between 1988 and 2000, Yangon’s universities were closed.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The excessive use of force by the police [against student protesters], at best, indicates poor training and, at worst, suggests a possible return to the heavy handed approach of Myanmar's not-so-distant past.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The Myanmar government must condemn the excessive use of force [by police] and take firm action against those responsible. It will also have to meet students' broader concerns. A failure to properly handle these protests risks them snowballing into broader ones concerning the government's ability and willingness to bring about positive and lasting change.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)

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