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Suu Kyi's victory may not bring independence in Myanmar
Victory is sweet for all, and so it has been for Suu Kyi. However, in Mynamar, there is a great divide between racial minorities and other parts of the country. It is still to be seen whether Suu Kyi will win the hearts of racial minorities or not who are against her policies.

SINCE THE Myanmar by-elections results were declared, the world is abuzz with activity and discussions dominated by the landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy, which secured 40 of 45 seats. It may be the biggest prize and validation for democracy icon in her long political career but the weekend voting result was for only a few legislative seats, igniting the possibility for her party to brush away opposition in the next election in 2015 and take control of Mayanmar’s government.
 
Ensuring this in three year's time may be impractical in a nation that is still heavily under the influence of its feared miltary and their powers remain preserved in the constitution. During a general election in 1990, her party won a landslide victory but the ruling army junta negated the results, and stayed in power for 21 more years. Today, the country is ruled by former generals, who have have proven that they are capable of taking concrete steps towards democratic rule, and have the desire to open the door to reform in the country..

“The election in Mayanmar is always important to me as Suu Kyi was our senior in college. She will bring democracy transformation and it will make a difference,” said Jasmeet Kour, an ex-student from Lady Sri Ram College, now working in Switzerland.

There is an assumption that the government is using Suu Kyi to impress Western nations and get economic sanctions lifted. Her entry into the legislature is hugely symbolic and her relations with military is perhaps the most stable to change governance in Myanmar. In parliament, the Suu Kyi and her party will occupy only a small minority in the 664 seats legislature -  just 5% compared with 80% for the military and the retired generals.
 
Even if she had majority, the parliament has limited powers, and effective veto is in the hands of the military. The challenges are immense and these bye lections as a benchmark for judging change is a mistake as it does not mean Myanmar is now free. While the international community's loud demand for change is being reflected in the country, however, the 40% people who are from racial minorities have been left behind and disregarded. Things have got worse in recent years and there has always been a great divide in racial minorities and Burman population in central Myanmar. Military strategy and dictatorship will remain a hurdle in democracy, untill then winning the military's heart is a difficult task.

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