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Junta to legitimize military dictatorship after polls : Analysts

Nyan Win the Burmese Foreign Minister told the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28 that after the elections in Burma the new government will be keen to ...

Nyan Win the Burmese Foreign Minister told the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28 that after the elections in Burma the new government will be keen to participate and negotiate with the UN, said analysts.

Nyan Win said during the session at the UN headquarters in New York City that the November general elections will be free and fair.

However, many UN member countries including ethnic people in Burma continue to express doubts about the forthcoming elections.

Burma Nine, an analyst, who keeps an eye on Burma’s general election scenario condemned Nyan Win’s statement and said that the power is still in the hands of the generals. It is likely to legitimize its power after the elections.

“The junta will retain power in Burma after the general election. The top generals will just change from uniforms to civilian attire,” he added.

Similarly, U Bo Hla-Tint, Foreign Minister of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCUB) dismissed the Burmese Foreign Minister’s statement in the UN General Assembly as the Burmese generals will not give up power after the election. He was talking to the RFA.

A total of 37 political parties including those representing various ethnic groups will contest the elections. More than 3,000 candidates will contest for a total of 1,171 seats in the Peoples' Parliament, the National Parliament and in State/Regional Parliaments. The large participation makes it crystal clear that the elections are virtually inclusive, said the Burmese FM.

The NCUB stated that the junta is going to hold a sham general election on November 7, with the purpose of legitimizing military dictatorship, indefinitely. However, it has had to announce its inability to hold elections in many frontier areas of Burma.

Peace and reconciliation are what the people of Burma want and need. They want a transparent and inclusive political process, which will guarantee freedom, equality and self‐determination of all the people and the rights of the individuals, regardless of race, religion, sex or origin of birth.