lørdag 6. februar 2021

Myanmar coup: why military felt threatened by ‘stubborn’ Suu Kyi

A clash of stubborn personalities. A constant competition for authority. Such descriptions of the relationship between Myanmar’s military and its civilian government reflect just how tenuous ties have been during the Southeast Asian nation’s decade-long experiment with democracy that collapsed this week.

“The contest and competition for power and for authority in national politics have never ceased,” said Yun Sun, an analyst of China-Myanmar relations at the Washington-based Stimson Center. In fact, she said, they had intensified since Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide election victory in 2015.

While the 2015 vote resulted in Suu Kyi becoming Myanmar’s state counsellor – and de facto leader in the eyes of the world – she remained barred from the presidency and hobbled by a constitution that had been drafted by the military years before to ensure it retained control over key ministries.