Following a late night crisis break involving a last minute committee meeting in the middle of the night, the government of Myanmar is facing further crises as the army has staged a coup and a shadow government is attempting to take control.
Seeming to be in perpetual crisis, the assembly crafted its approach regarding the coup and shadow government: to pursue an aggressive path which could potentially anger the Tatmadaw but would provide the most ideal conditions for the official government. Opposition to the directive argued that the “army is right outside of our door and we have no way to oppose them” and that a more lenient proposition would prove more fruitful for the assembly.
After a few minor amendments the directive was tabled and following even more amendments, rejected. Before another directive could be suggested, the assembly was faced with yet another crisis: a member of the shadow crisis video chatted with the assembly to assert his/her demands which included more autonomy, voting rights, non governmental interference with states, government compensation for loss of life and property, the continued existence of the army even with ceasefire agreements, and the relief of a Rohingya representative from his position.
The delegates took these demands into account and redrafted a directive. The Shan representative gave an impassioned speech to the assembly stating among other things: “We need to stand up for the rights we have fought for and died for.” Before the delegates could begin to wrap their head around this crisis a new one emerged as the Russians, a typical ally of Myanmar, established contact with the threatening shadow government.
Faced with an international and domestic crisis, as well as a clear split within the assembly, the future of the country of Myanmar and it’s current government appears rocky. Hopefully with joint collaboration and a slowdown in oncoming crises, the assembly will be able to pick up the pieces of the government and reestablish control over the military. However the outcome, it’s clear that the solution will require much compromise and hard work and that the committee has their work cut out for them.