NLD and Myanmar announce Dec. 19 date for elections, U.S. Ambassador happy for date certain

 

Yangon, Burma – The National League for Democracy has said that it is happy to announce that the military government and the NLD have settled on a date for the upcoming elections.

The military government previously postponed the elections after martial law was declared.  The elections will be held December 19, 2015.  Negotiations will continue to ensure that the elections will be free and fair for the Burmese people, according to the NLD release.

“We hope that the sign of good faith on the part of the military government will give hope to the ethnic minorities and pro-democracy protesters throughout Burma and will decrease violence in the region,” the release said.

The U.S. has issued a response, saying that it supports the fact that a date has been set for the elections.

“We welcome the notion of a definitive date being set. We foresee this as having a domino, positive impact to achieving peace in Burma,” Ambassador Siordia said.

The elections will come just before the Christian holiday period for Christmas in Europe and the U.S. and just before the Jan. 18 Iowa caucuses in the U.S. at which the first hint of the 2016 presidential candidate field will be given.

 

 

 

 

National League for Democracy

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