8 November 2015

5 things to know about Myanmar

A man carries a child as a flower vendor watches in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. On Sunday Myanmar will hold what is being viewed as the country's best chance for a free and credible election in a quarter of a century.
Myanmar is holding a general election on Sunday, its second since polls in 2010 ended almost a half-century of military rule. Five things to know about the Southeast Asian country:
REFORMS
President Thein Sein's government makes the case that it is prudently managing a successful transition to democracy. Shortly after coming to power in 2011, Thein Sein — a former general and prime minister in the previous military government — instituted economic and political reforms that resulted in Western nations largely lifting trade and investment embargoes they had maintained against the previous military government. This spurred foreign investment and much-needed economic growth.