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:
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.