In April 2012, a by-election was held in Myanmar for parliamentary seats left vacant by ministers appointed to the cabinet. After a number of unexpected reforms, the National League for Democracy contested these elections for the first time since 1990, when they won a general election but were prevented by the military junta from taking office. This time, they won 43 of the 45 seats, which despite being a small fraction of the overall parliament, heralds momentous change. The NLD’s charismatic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is now welcomed into the government after years of house arrest, and is endorsing the temporary end of Western sanctions. Beyond the political jockeying, this will catalyse the most significant transformations. As well as repression, Myanmar has endured decades of incompetent and corrupt economic management that has left the country poor and isolated. With a potential deluge of tourism, investment and speculation ready to flood in, change is certain although its outcome is not. This series of photographs is a portrait of Myanmar on the cusp. More details at www.stuccopress.com
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