The 1990 general election will mark its 25th anniversary on May 27.
The election was not held freely and fairly. The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) did not hand over the power to the people.
General Saw Maung, the coup leader of 1988, gave promises repeatedly before the election that the military regime would hand over State power to the government that won the election and they would return to the barracks. Lieutenant-General Than Shwe and Major-General Khin Nyunt also said so.