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Barack Obama's re-election reverberates far beyond US borders — so much so that citizens of some distant nations, like Pakistan and Turkey, say they too should have been able to vote. To give them a voice, GlobalPost interviewed people around the world for their views on the United States and who they hoped would win the election.

US Election: What if Myanmar could vote?

'US dialogue against countries like Iran worries me. Our world does not need more war.'

 

MYANMAR — As part of GlobalPost's project to interview 100 people in 20 locations around the world about the 2012 US election, we asked residents in Myanmar:

Who do you want to win the 2012 US election?

Will the election affect your country?

How has your view of the US changed since President Obama took office?

What should the next US president do?

  • Name: Myint Swe
  • Country: Myanmar
  • Occupation: Monk
  • Age: 34
  • I would vote for: Undecided
My vote: "I don't know."

The election's impact: "Our country is just starting to re-engage with the United States so I hope this process will continue after the 2012 election. I hope whoever is the new president will continue promoting good relations between US and Myanmar."

My view: "I am glad the US has started dialogue with Myanmar — our country needs help to improve living conditions for everyone. But US dialogue against countries like Iran worries me. Our world does not need more war."

Top priority: "Make a move towards global security stability and peace with Iran."
  • Name: Ken Tun
  • Country: Myanmar
  • Occupation: CEO of local energy firm Parami Energy
  • Age: 21
  • I would vote for: Obama
My vote: "Barack Obama. I'm impressed with policies of the Obama administration, especially the foreign policy team led by Hillary Clinton. I was touched when she requested a minute of silence for Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar in 2008."

The election's impact: "We are currently undergoing a political and social transition in Myanmar. I understand the Obama administration supports the reform process of Myanmar and I am not sure Republican will consider a friendlier approach to the people of Myanmar."

My view: "Improved. The US economy is slightly better now and I have seen a great deal of effort in recovering from the sub-prime crisis."

Top priority: "Improve the image of America as a friendly ally."
  • Name: Myo Lwin
    Country:
    Myanmar
  • Occupation: Senior editor of the Myanmar Times
  • Age: 54
  • I would vote for: Romney
My vote: "Mitt Romney. As a multimillionaire business man, he understands economy better than Obama."

The election's impact: "If the Republican like Mitt Romney becomes president, he will be dealing tougher with China, which can affect both US-China relations as well as Myanmar-China relations. It depends on how Myanmar will play between the US and China." 

My view: "I have no idea."

Top priority: "Stability of the world economy."

  • Name: Win Oo
    Country:
    Myanmar
  • Occupation: Flower seller
  • Age: 16
  • I would vote for: Obama
My vote: "Barack Obama … he has a nice face but I don’t know him."

The election's impact: "I don’t think so… we have our own problems here and the US is so far away."

My view: "I don’t know much about US, but I heard they lifted sanctions against our country … so I hope now life will be easier for people and my mother can have a good job, so maybe I can go back to school again."

Top priority: "Make world peace and stop people from being hungry."

  • Name: Moe Cho
    Country:
    Myanmar
  • Occupation: Maid/Part-time student
  • Age: 18
  • I would vote for: Hillary Clinton
My vote: "Hillary Clinton – because she is beautiful and a strong woman and has visited my country Myanmar."

The election's impact: "I hope my country will have better relationships with America and the new president will help that."

My view: "I think the US is better now because they lifted sanctions on Myanmar and they will help us grow our country."

Top priority: "Make world peace and no more fighting."

GlobalPost series: See what the world thinks about election 2012

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/120925/us-election-what-if-myanmar-could-vote