Myanmar: By-elections will serve as “critical test”

3 March 2012

Myanmar is making progress in its transition from military rule to a democracy, according to the UN envoy in the region, Vijay Nambiar.

He recently spent five-days in the country where he met with key figures, including President U Thein Sein and opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

But the upcoming parliamentary elections on 1 April will serve as a “critical test” of the government’s commitment, Nambia noted.

Meanwhile, there are still unresolved issues such as peace with ethnic rebel groups, he added.

Speaking to Maha Fayek, Mr. Nambiar reflected on the strong reform measures undertaken by the new government.

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