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Democracy has always been fragile in Southeast Asia. Now, it may be sliding backwards


Chin, J, Democracy has always been fragile in Southeast Asia. Now, it may be sliding backwards, The Conversation, Australia, 31 March 2021, pp. 1-5. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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Just five years ago, many people were optimistic that Southeast Asia had finally turned the corner when it comes to democracy.

Myanmar’s military had finally loosened its decades-long grip on power when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won elections in 2015. Three years later, Malaysia’s opposition party swept the long-serving Barisan Nasional from power — the first regime change in the country since independence in 1957.

These were seismic political shifts. More importantly, both changes in power took place after free, albeit not completely fair, elections. There was no bloodshed involved.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Southeast Asia, democracy, authoritarian
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:145619
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2021-07-28
Last Modified:2021-07-28

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