ANG SAN SUU KYI WINS BURMA’S ELECTION, WILL MILITARY LET HER RULE?

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After a quarter century, nearly two decades of which were spent under house arrest, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Ang San Suu Kyi, has once again won the country’s general election (the first free election in 25 years) – and once again – there remains uncertainty about her chances to rule. The military still has not announced it will cede power peacefully.

The last time she won in 1989, the army toppled the government instead and installed a brutal military dictatorship. This time around, Ang San Suu Kyi won 80% of the vote – but the military still gets an automatic allotment of 25% of the parliamentary seats. So she will have power, if she’s allowed to rule, but the military will remain a force to be reckoned with.

With powerful friends like, President Obama, it seems unlikely the military will try to stop her rule once again. But in Burma, nothing is guaranteed, especially freedom.