Friday, August 13, 2010
Burma announces Nov. 7 date for first elections in 20 years
By Tim Johnston
Friday, August 13, 2010; 5:43 AM
BANGKOK -- The Burmese government will hold the country's first elections in 20 years on Nov. 7 despite an increasingly vocal chorus of international criticism.
The election, announced Friday, will be the final leg in Senior Gen. Than Shwe's seven-step program to establish "discipline-flourishing democracy." Opponents have criticized both the constitutional framework behind the elections, which guarantees the military a quarter of the seats in parliament, and its mechanics, which have barred Aung San Suu Kyi, the imprisoned opposition leader, from running.