November 15, 2018

Myanmar’s Nascent Environmental Governance System: Challenges and Opportunities

William J. Schulte and Matthew H. Baird

In 2011, after nearly half a century of military rule and isolation, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar) began its democratic transition. In March of that year, President U Thein Sein was sworn in as the first head of the new civilian government. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was permitted to reengage in Myanmar politics. In nationwide elections in 2015, the NLD won 225 out of 330 seats available for election, and as a result was able to elect U Htin Kyaw as the president and appoint Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (who is constitutionally barred from becoming president) to the position of state counsellor. Const. of the Rep. of the Union of Myanmar (2008), § 59(f).

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