Myanmar in Transition

A country being “at a crossroads” is a term that gets thrown around in international politics, but when it comes to the national elections in Myanmar this November, there is no better way to put it. Myanmar’s political transformation The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory securing 348 of the total 664 seats in the two houses of parliament, a majority that enables them to win an indirect election for the presidency to be held by the end of February next year. This is surprising not only due to the “25% … Continue reading Myanmar in Transition

Haitian Elections: Optimism in the Horizon

The Caribbean country is back in the news. After a three-year delay of legislative and municipal elections, Haitians are finally preparing to vote—on August 9th for two thirds of the Senate and October 25th for the presidency, as well local and municipal elections. Candidates from 125 political parties have already registered. The incumbent president, Michel Martelly, has been ruling by decree since the parliament was dissolved last January when the terms of every member of the Chamber of Deputies and a third of the Senate expired. His final presidential year is starting this month.  Could elections turn out well for … Continue reading Haitian Elections: Optimism in the Horizon