Burma launches electoral adventure with Muslim politicians excluded

For a people who languished in isolation from the world during a half century of military rule, the Burmese election campaign that kicked off on Tuesday marks the launch of an unprecedented experiment in ballot box democracy.

But even as billboards were unveiled, brochures distributed and the first campaign speeches delivered, for one significant proportion of the population the experience is proving hollow.

For among some 6,200 candidates running for office for 92 parties, it seems certain that there will be not a single candidate from the Muslim population, the second largest religious grouping in the predominantly Buddhist country.

  • WalterBannon

    Sounds like a good plan. When is the rest of the world adopting it.

    Ban Islam

    • Justin St.Denis

      Because intelligence is not contagious, unlike stupidity.

      • African

        Exactly! But also one has to point out that they should NOT have accepted Western style liberal democracy in the first place. They should have been following their military rule. The reason is that now that they have accepted democracy and elections, human rightism, tolerance, spinelessness, political-correctness and moral relativism will set in and then Western-backed muslims will be more assertive and more emboldened and may even start a bloody jihad in Myanmar. I have seen this trend repeating itself elsewhere in the world and Russia is the only country that so far stood its ground.

        • African

          I meant to say “should NOT have accepted Western style liberal democracy” in my similar comment below…

        • Minicapt

          Still no sign of intelligent life.

          Cheers

          • African

            Do you still believe in the immoral liberal democracy after all the facts I shared with you? You better think again!

    • African

      Exactly! But also one has to point out that they should have accepted Western style liberal democracy in the first place. They should have been following their military rule. The reason is that now that they have accepted democracy and elections, human rightism, tolerance, spinelessness, political-correctness and moral relativism will set in and then Western-backed muslims will be more assertive and more emboldened and may even start a bloody jihad in Myanmar. I have seen this trend repeating itself elsewhere in the world and Russia is the only country that so far stood its ground.

  • glasnost

    “…radical Buddhist nationalists… Extremist monks… hardline Buddhists… Buddhist radicals…”

    Oh those Buddhists again.

  • simus1

    The Telegraph – once fabulous, now just another birdcage liner.