Myanmar junta ‘likely’ to hold polls in 2025
Myanmar's junta will likely hold elections in 2025, party officials told AFP yesterday, even as the military struggles to crush resistance to its rule. The military justified its February 2021 putsch with unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud in 2020 elections won resoundingly by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). Meanwhile, a source familiar with the shadow government said yesterday Suu Kyi is ailing and a request for an outside physician to see her has been denied by the country's military rulers. The 78-year-old Nobel laureate instead has been treated by a prisons department doctor, reports Reuters. "She was suffering swelling in her gums and could not eat well and is feeling light-headed along with vomiting," said the source, who declined to be identified due to fear of arrest. A senior member of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party told AFP: "Elections are likely to be held in 2025." "We have a census-taking process in 2024. Because of the situation and that nationwide census process, next year is impossible," they said. Thirty-six political parties have been granted permission to take part in any future polls, the junta-stacked election commission said yesterday.