As broadly predicted, in Myanmar’s election on 9 November, Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) repeated its feat of 2015 and received a landslide victory, taking 396 of the 476 seats being contested within the nationwide legislature. Although one other 166 seats in parliament are constitutionally reserved for Myanmar’s highly effective armed forces, often known as the Tatmadaw, the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Improvement Occasion (USDP) carried out poorly in opposition to the NLD and suffered losses on the poll field.
Within the days after the ballot, the USDP lodged unsubstantiated complaints of electoral fraud and pushed for a re-run of the vote. The claims have been strongly denied by the NLD and delegitimized by the Union Election Fee (UEC), which said the ballot was performed ‘freely and pretty’ and in a ‘clear’ method, with no proof of irregularities. The Tatmadaw has additionally distanced itself from the allegations, recognizing that its uneasy five-year alliance based mostly on lodging with the NLD has turn out to be Myanmar’s new regular.