Most foreign aid was suspended when the military seized power, and, except for Japan, which returned with part of its aid package in January 1989 when the SLORC
announced its intention to hold credible elections, most assistance programs are not likely to resume before that commitment is honored.
In May 1990, the SLORC
government held free elections for the first time in almost 30 years and the NLD, the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, won nearly 80% of the seats.
and Burma's military were shocked by the election results, and refused to allow the Union Assembly to meet.
regime initiated Burma's transition toward a market-oriented economy using an open-door policy.
ruled by martial law until national parliamentary elections were held in May 1990.
El 27 de mayo de 1990 la NLD obtuvo el 80% de los escanos en las elecciones, ignoradas por el SLORC
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/SPDC Campaign to Obliterate All Hill Villages in Papun and Eastern Nyaunglebin Districts (Chiangmai, Thailand: Nopburee Press, 1998); Images Asia and BurmaNet, Nowhere To Go: A Report on the 1997 SLORC
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Aung San Sun Kyi, daughter General Aung San, led the democratic opposition, which forced the SLORC
to schedule parliamentary elections in 1990.
Unocal Corporation and Total agreed that the SLORC
would be responsible for clearing land and supplying labour.
held multiparty general elections on May 27, 1990, with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy winning 82 percent of the seats.
Also, the SLORC
continued to restrict basic rights to free speech, association, and assembly.
But peace is not high on the generals' agenda; the then SLORC
slaughtered thousands of pro-democracy student demonstrators in 1988.