Myanmar's democratic transition

The 2015 elections are seen as a crucial test of the credibility of reforms begun in 2011, when the junta stepped aside to make way for a quasi-civilian regime dominated by former generals. Democracy icon Aung San suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party are expected to make big gains at the polls - the first general election they have fought since they swept 1990 polls. The then-junta ignored the result.  However the current constitution bars Suu Kyi from running in a presidential election, due to the foreign nationality of immediate members of her family. Since coming to power, the civilian government led by President Thein Sein has improved relations with the West while reducing its dependence on long-time backer China.

Ten Rohingya Muslim men and boys kneeling in a field in a Rakhine village last year. They were later found dead in a mass grave. Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been sentenced to seven years in jail, after investigating the killing. Photo: Reuters

Why Myanmar must pardon two wrongly jailed reporters

Two Reuters reporters have been unjustly jailed in Myanmar for exposing a mass murder. In defending the convictions, Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to uphold the rule of law based on facts.