After a string of controversies, the party of Myanmar’s head of state Aung San Suu Kyi, has been defeated in 6 constituencies in a national by-election, Party officials said.
Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power in 2015 in a landslide victory, ending decades of military rule. Suu Kyi’s party duration as a ruling government has been full of controversies and stumbles most notably with ethnic groups involved in peace talks with the military. The dissatisfaction came through in the results of Saturday (November 3) by-election, in which 13 seats in the lower and upper houses of parliament and regional assemblies were up for grabs.
“Currently, we won 7 seats and lost in 6 places,” NLD spokesman Dr. Myo Nyunt told Agence France-Presse. ‘Four of the 6 seats were previously held by NLD candidates’. Dr Myo Nyunt said “We heard that ethnic groups are not satisfied with our performance regarding the peace process,” he said. “Although NLD supporters are many, they are currently losing supporters from ethnic groups and intellectuals as well as from the media,” he said.
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17 November, 2019