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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at Sagaing in 2012, as she campaigns for NLD candidates. Photo: Mizzima

For more than two decades the people of Myanmar have been looking in one direction for the realisation of their democratic ideals: towards Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, which won landslide victories in the election for a constituent assembly in 1990 and the by-elections of April 2012.

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Constitutional matters have been dominating the political agenda of late, with Lower House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann taking centre stage.

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The Debate

When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.

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(Editorial) - The ASEAN Summit is finished. The international visitors have moved on, Naypyidaw hoteliers can adjust their room rates to reasonable levels again, and the Myanmar government can breathe a sigh of relief.

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The general election due to be held late next year is widely considered to be an important milestone in the transition towards democracy, but there have been some worrying portents.

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Few would dispute that Myanmar’s media has seen a major transformation since the shackles were removed after President U Thein Sein’s came to power in 2011. Pre-publication censorship ended in August 2012, daily newspaper licences have been issued to the private sector and exiled media organisations, such as Mizzima, Irrawaddy and the Democratic Voice of Burma, have been allowed to return home.