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SPDC’S 2010 ELECTIONS: UPHEAVAL IN THE MAKING

 
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The SPDC preparations to ensure full control over the 2010 election is fueling instability, with consequences that will exacerbate cross-border economic and security issues already adversely affecting the region.

The expected outcome of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial, coupled with lengthy jail terms imposed on about 300 activists in the past year has destroyed hopes that the 2010 elections would lead to incremental steps toward democratization and urgently-needed reforms. Add to this growing tension between the junta and ethnic groups and intensified economic hardships brought on by the global economic crisis and the risks of further unrest and misery and are greatly increased. It is imperative that regional and global actors apply political pressure to ensure that the regime engages in a durable solution that will avoid such destruction.