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Challenges ahead for Myanmar
Published :Saturday, 14 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 10

YANGON, Nov 13 : Victory for Mynamar's Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party holds the hope of a new beginning for a nation that was choked for years under repressive military rule.
But tribulations lie ahead for the country's first civilian-led government in generations.
What are the nation's key challenges?
Myanmar has not experienced a democratic transfer of power since the 1960s so the country is sailing into uncharted waters in modern times.
Suu Kyi's supporters are not taking a smooth transition for granted and expect a torrid period of political horse-trading  before a new government takes power in March.
Who will lead?
Suu Kyi is a monumental figure in Myanmar's democracy movement.
For millions of Myanmar voters who flocked to the polls on Sunday she would be a natural choice for president.
But she is barred from the post by the constitution -- a legacy of the former junta that the military has resisted changing.
To circumvent this Suu Kyi has said she will rule "above the president", a legally uncertain position that she has not fleshed out in detail.
Managing the military
One of the most important aspects of this transition is easing the nerves of a still enormously powerful military.
As the daughter of the army's founding father and independence hero General Aung San, Suu Kyi has repeatedly said that she is very fond of the military.     ?AFP

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