The Union Solidarity and Development Party holds an outright majority in both houses of parliament after a successful election campaign in 2010 saw it gain 495 seats. The 2015 election looms as a completely different scenario, its highly probable the USDP will lose a large number of seats to the NLD.
If the USDP is able to retain influence in the Hluttaw they have to convince voters that the past 5 years of relatively stable USDP governance has brought about considerable positive change to the country.
Many of the USDP MPs are former members of the military regime, this includes president Thein Sein, as a result the USDP and the Military may side with one another to effect the balance of power if they don't gain the numbers to elect the president.
This isn't assured however; recent internal divisions between the pro-reformist faction led by former party chairman U Shwe Mann and the military-backed faction of President Thein Sein have illustrated the USDP-military alliance might not be so straightforward.
Address: No.5, Conner of Yarza Thingaha Street and C- Street, Dekkhinathiri Township, Napyidaw
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Spokesperson: U Mg Oo
Thein Sein, Chairman
Htay Oo , Acting/Co-Chairman
Numbers of MPs: 828
State/Region parliament - 489
Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) -122
Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) - 217
Number of candidates in 2015 elections: 1,122 candidates