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Burma: Ruling Party argues that Aung San Suu Kyi ‘does not hold a monopoly on Myanmar democracy’ – Telegraph

In News, Really?!? on March 31, 2012 at 11:50

Burmese cheer at a rally with the government sponsored Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Yuzana, Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘does not hold a monopoly on Myanmar democracy’?? – 

Really?

In a small campaign office below a Buddhist temple, 38 year old Lei Lei Aye explained why she will win her by-election in Rangoon’s Taung Nyant township on Sunday – one of 45 contests which could herald the lifting of sanctions against Burma and its transformation into a new Indonesia.

The people will vote for her because her party, President Thein Sein’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), is putting “democracy into action, rather than just talking about it,” she said.

It is a bold claim because she and her party are facing the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s best known “democracy idol,” is widely expected to win a landslide victory.

But she and a new generation of government supporters, many of them Western-educated, believe Ms Suu Kyi has no monopoly on democracy and may not win as convincingly as she thinks.

Ms Lei Lei joined the governing party’s charitable wing at Yangon University in the mid-1990s, and waged a campaign to improve her district of the former capital which she believes will see off her National League for Democracy rival.

 

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