Myanmar has been isolated internationally for decades. However, in only a few months the country has made, what seems like, startling steps towards democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, will contest parliamentary elections in April for the first time since a recent ban was lifted on the opposition party.
The Nobel laureate and opposition leader, who is running for a seat, has also held several political rallies both in and outside the Burmese capital. A change, many would have thought unthinkable before her release from house arrest in November 2010.
If the poll is deemed free and fair it could strengthen the case to lift international sanctions.
But, the West is watching Myanmar’s political transformation carefully. While the country’s new cabinet has embarked on change, which has included the freeing of political prisoners and the easing of media censorship, big doubts remain. Notably, how genuine are these steps by a regime that was seen, up until a few months ago, as both brutal and secretive?
To answer that question in greater depth, euronews spoke to the EU’s development chief Andris Piebalgs following his recent trip to the country. To see the full interview, click on the link above.