WILL THE GOP LEARN FROM MYANMAR…?

October 14th, 2015

I’ve written a lot, no, seriously, I’ve written a shitload, about Myanmar. After Aung San Suu Kyi was finally relased and the National League for Democracy came to power, my writing tailed off. I still, however return to the odd story like Oliver Holmes piece for The Guardian: Myanmar commission proposes delaying election. He writes:

Myanmar’s election commission has asked the country’s top political parties to postpone next month’s election, citing concerns that flooding could prevent people from voting.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) said it opposed the delay. Local media said the ruling Union Solidarity and Development party and most of the other major parties supported the idea.

The commission said it would release a statement in about two days with a possible new election date.

Its intervention will raise concerns over interference by the country’s entrenched military rulers in what has being touted as Myanmar’s first free and fair general election.

In 1990, the army regime ignored a huge election victory by the NLD and put its leaders in prison. Aung San Suu Kyi, now 70, spent 15 years since then under house arrest.

The NLD is also expected to win this year’s election.

We think our Republicans are good at voter suppression? I don’t think the GOP has ever suggested using extreme weather events to rig a vote. Given what’s happened in South Carolina (and elsewhere in the United States) recently, I hope no one here gets any ideas.

Do what you can to make this a good morning, Myanmar.

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