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The Affirmation of a People for Democracy - Myanmar Enters a New Era

Repressed for half-a-century by military rule and restricted by a military sanctioned government since 2011, the people of Myanmar went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government and early results indicate that the majority have confirmed the democratic party of Aung San Suu Kyi, to be the new government in a landslide victory.

Myanmar's ruling party has conceded defeat in the general elections to Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy Party. "We lost", a ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party chairman, Htay Oo, told Reuters news agency.

And with the expressed will of the people through their democratic votes - with projections estimating that the democratic party could win some 70 percent of the vote, Myanmar is poised to enter a new era of transformation as an open society of liberty, justice, equality and the rule of law.

However, Myanmar still lacks all the trimmings of a full democracy. A recent new Constitution, written with the benefits of the military in mind, automatically accords 25 percent of the seats in the Parliament to the military and restricts Suu Kyi from becoming president by denying that position and that of vice-president to anyone whose spouse or children are foreign nationals. Suu Kyi's husband was British and her children are dual nationals. Also the question as to the rights of the Rohingya people - denied citizenship and recognition for many years, remains to be answered. 

Yet, much could change in respect to the base of power in Myanmar. The military and its cohorts should respect the will of the majority of the Myanmar people and allow the transition to democracy in the Southeast nation to take hold in order to bring the earned benefits of prosperity to all the people.