April by-elections in Myanmar a "critical test"

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Vijay Nambiar and Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmar government's commitment to enhance the credibility of the democratic process will be tested in April when by-elections take place.

That's according to Vijay Nambiar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar, who has just returned from a five-day visit to the Asian country.

He said the civilian government installed after many years of military rule, has launched political and economic reforms under the leadership of President Thein Sein.

Mr. Nambiar said there have been dramatic changes in the country, including the decision of the National League for Democracy to register for the by-elections, and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi to contest in April.

"For these elections to be credible they have to be free and fair and to be seen by all to be so. This includes ensuring a level playing field for all parties to compete openly and addressing complaints swiftly and transparently. This point was mentioned by me to most of my interlocutors dealing with elections. The by election will be a critical test of the government's commitment to broaden and enhance the credibility of the democratic process of the country."

Duration: 25"

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