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Govt reshuffle in Myanmar empowers reformist wing
Changes are expected at the top as three senior ministers close to hardliners are set to quit. Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo has already resigned. He was viewed as a strong ally of Gen Than Shwe. Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi continue to work together.
Aung San Suu Kyi's against NLD running in elections
The Nobel Laureate denounces "unjust rules" that prevent a free and fair vote. Recently, the military regime issued a series of rules that in reality exclude her from running and prevent her from voting. The opposition leader, however, leaves the party "free to choose” according to democratic principles.
Than Shwe dissolves military junta as Thein Sein becomes Burmese president
The new head of state will preside over a 30-member cabinet. North Korea, China and Iran send messages of well wishes. What role Than Shwe will play remains unclear; for 20 years, he ran the country.
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.
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.”
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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