» 08/19/2011, 00.00
Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein meet for the first time in Naypyidaw
Myanmar’s opposition leader meets the country’s president in the new capital. She is expected to meet other government officials. Critics view the move as an attempt by the “civilian” government to gain legitimacy with the international community. On the internet, Burmese express scepticism, take a wait-and-see attitude.
The new government, a “puppet” in the hands of the military, says Burmese trade union leader
U Maung Maung stresses the absence of “new faces” in parliament, where most are military or former military. The new president plays “the role assigned to him,” but will not share power. Trade union leader urges the international community not to recognise the government. For him, the dictatorship is weakening, “a few more shoves in the right places will lead to its collapse.”
Thein Sein's cabinet shuffle just a "smokescreen"
The Burmese president removes members of the old guard to promote more reform-minded people. However, Burma expert says the changes have not altered the underlying power structure. "Unsolved problems" persist as the old elites benefit from new opportunities.
Thein Sein is Myanmar’s new president
The Burmese parliament elects the military junta’s outgoing prime minister with 408 votes. Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo (171 votes) and Sai Mauk Kham (75 votes) will be the new vice-presidents. Despite uncertainties about his role, strongman Than Shwe will continue to wield the real power.
15/11/2007 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
Pinheiro’s mission under “escort” ends
After a visit to Insein Prison, UN human rights envoy leaves Myanmar. Some monks report that Pinheiro only visited places picked by the junta. He met neither Aung San Suu Kyi, nor monk-led protest leader U Gambira, who risks the death penalty. China reiterates its opposition to sanctions.
28/09/2012 MYANMAR - UNITED NATIONS
United Nations: Thein Sein to build a "harmonious society" with Aung San Suu Kyi
President acknowledges "crucial" role played by opposition leader, and reiterates the value of "diversity" as part of the country's rich heritage. Stability, the rule of law and economic growth are his main goals. GDP should reach 7.7 per cent by 2015. An independent, multi-faith commission should investigate anti-Rohingya violence.
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