The chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party has said the party will renew efforts to unify Burma’s two most prominent ethnic Shan political parties, the other being the regionally dominant Shan Nationalities League for Democracy.
“[Republicans] passed resolutions to impose sanctions on Burma to push for change. They have always supported our democratic reforms.”
The man, who was believed to have ties to various political and armed group, was shot dead after attending a graduation ceremony for his daughter.
Sai Thiha Kyaw discusses the SNLD’s expectations for the NLD government and parliament and development plans for Shan State.
“The upsurge of support for the NLD among the indigenous peoples is interesting, considering ethnic politics is concentrated largely in extra-parliamentary politics, that being the armed struggle.”
In the shadow of the huge rallies held by the NLD and USDP, smaller parties are making their case based on policy and experience.