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Asean Affairs  9 November 2010

The dust settles

By  David Swartzentruber
AseanAffairs     9 November 2010

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While on the pro-democracy side, the various parties cried “foul play.” These included Than Nyein, chairman of the National Democratic Force, created by former members of Suu Kyi's party that boycotted the vote and was disbanded. They allege voting irregularities such as the sudden appearance of bags of advance votes when USDP candidates appeared to be falling behind. The next event occurs Saturday when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence expires and she is slated for release.

Adding a note of poignancy to the event, Suu Kyi’s son, Kim Aris, who has been separated from his mother for 10 years, is in Bangkok seeking to get a visa to Yangon to see his mother in the event she is released from house arrest. The Myanmar High Court will rule on Thursday if Suu Kyi will be acquitted of all offences with which she is charged .

The highly charged drama with Myanmar continues as border hostilities that flared up yesterday have now apparently subsided.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr

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