It took some time to complete the final tabulation, with election workers carrying ballots by foot from some mountainous areas and then loading them into helicopters. But for the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, it was worth the wait. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won 887 seats, or 77.1%, providing Suu Kyi with a majority in both houses of parliament. Asia Program Fellow Renaud Egreteau helps us recap the results and also speaks about the implications for Myanmar’s democracy moving forward. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

 

Renaud Egreteau is a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. He holds degrees in comparative politics and Asian languages as well as a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris (2006). He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore and a Research Associate with the Center for International Research (CERI) in Paris, France. He was previously a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, where he taught comparative politics (2009-2013). He authored Wooing the Generals: India’s New Burma Policy (Authorspress, 2003), Histoire de la Birmanie Contemporaine (Fayard, 2010) and (with Larry Jagan) Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma (NUS Press, 2013). He is currently exploring the resurgence of parliament and legislative affairs in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

 

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.