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Inside Burma Ahead of the Election

Burma’s Opposition Parties Struggle to Met Election Deadlines

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Download  Military-ruled Burma  will hold its first elections in 20 years on November the 7th.

The road ahead is far from certain, as new political parties struggle to compete with junta-backed favorites.

Candidates have to summit their names to the election committee by August the 30th along with 500 US dollars per name.  

At least 40 parties have registered to compete for 330 seats in the national parliament.

But Opposition parties say campaigning is very difficult as their activists are restricted by the military and they lack funds.

Burma correspondent Banyar Kong Janoi reports.


Last Updated ( Monday, 23 August 2010 14:18 )

Burma's Youth Rapping for Revolution

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Download  This year looks set to be a crucial one for Burma.

The military government has announced that the  first elections for 20 years will be held on November the 7th and international attention is likely to be focused on the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

But there is another group working to bring about change in Burma whose methods are less conventional.

Generation Wave is a group of hip-hop-loving, young Burmese, dedicated to overthrowing the military government.

They are boycotting the election and demanding a social revolution.

Banyar Kong Janoi went to meet them in Rangoon.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 August 2010 16:31 )

Bloggers Fight for Freedom of Expression in Burma Election

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Download  Blogs are an alternative source of independence news in Burma as all other media such as newspapers, radio, and TV are controlled by the military regime.

The bloggers gained international attention during the ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the government lead by the countries monks in 2007.  Bloggers were the main source of news and uploaded video and images of the protest.  

As our reporter Banyar Kong Janoi found out, the blogs are an important source of election news for young people inside Burma.

He spent two days with a renowned blogger inYangon.


Last Updated ( Monday, 09 August 2010 15:24 )

Burma Election Campaign Not Free and Fair

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Download  All though there is still no date for the election, politically campaigning has begun across Burma.


There are 37 other new political parties and five existing groups that have registered to contesting in the poll that is expected to be held later this year.


They include Pro-military, pro-democracy and ethnic parties.


As Banyar Kong Janoi reports from Rangoon is not a free and fair campaign.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 August 2010 16:44 )

Burma Election Split Pro-Democracy Groups

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Download  A breakaway group from Burma's pro-democracy party the National League for Democracy (NLD) has been registered to run in elections due later this year.

The National Democratic Force's decision to run in the controversial elections has put it at odds with other supporters of the NLD.

Traditional pro-democracy leaders, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, refused to register the NLD for the poll.

As a result, the party was disbanded by the military authorities.

Banyar Kong Janoi in Rangoon hears the arguments from both sides.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 September 2010 13:44 )