Even as Burma (Myanmar) convened a new 600-person parliament Monday for the first time in nearly 50 years, the military appeared poised to retain its influence.
Unofficial results say the pro-junta party won 80 percent of the vote in the Burma (Myanmar) election. Critics charge systematic rigging and voter intimidation.
Burma's voters went to the polls today as opposition leaders complain of widespread electoral irregularities, including intimidation of voters by government officials.
Burma (Myanmar) goes to the polls on Nov. 7, offering its citizens a rare chance to defy its military rulers. Some believe it’s nothing more than a show designed to legitimize another dictatorial regime.
Military-ruled Burma (Myanmar) announced it will hold elections on Nov. 7. But the road ahead is far from certain, as new political parties struggle to compete with junta-backed favorites.
The Burma election this year is widely expected to reinforce the junta’s power. But some nonprofits support the vote, and dozens of political parties are taking part, in hopes of chipping away at military rule.