Minority voters optimistic after NLD landslide

Minority voters optimistic after NLD landslide

Burma’s minority voters may find relief in the NLD’s election success.

Many have pinned their hopes on Aung San Suu Kyi and her party to end decades of ethnic and religious discrimination.

Muslims in particular have been the targets of violent attacks in recent years.

The religious group, which accounts for approximately 5 percent of Burma’s population, was heavily discriminated against in racial laws introduced earlier this year.

Various ethnic minorities have also regularly been treated as second-class citizens.

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Suu Kyi has remained vague on how she plans to tackle ethnic and religious discrimination.

The NLD today won enough elected seats to take a majority in both parliamentary houses.

Religious and ethnic minorities must now wait to see if a new parliament translates into more freedom, security and peace.

 

 

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