Once Myanmar celebrated the transition toward democracy, but now the situation is something very different to what the world leaders hoped for. The citizens are currently expressing their views to have a strongman-style leader and the country need to be equipped with robust institutions or norms like universal rights, pluralism or tolerance required for democracy to function.
Surveys and social media expressions reveals the desire is to have such democracy that should be guided by religious strictures and nationalism.
The ethnic cleansing capaign by the Myanmar military against Muslim ethnic group Rohingya is popular and also social controls against minorities and journalists has struck headlines lately.
Even though the civilian state is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, but the country’s military is still have good controls on important government functions as well as on a perpetual quota of Parliament seats.
In brief the country is currently a democratic-authoritarian hybrid, which was earlier in fact called as illiberal democracy that resembles mob rule. In other words it is a version of majority rule that excludes minorities, governs arbitrarily and curtails freedoms.
Former United Nations official and a historian, Thant Myint-U, said the biggest threat of the country is an illiberal democracy and not return of dictatorship.
A Columbia University political scientist, Jack Snyder, had earlier said rapid shift to democracy may scramble the bonding between leaders and citizens.