» 03/30/2011, 00.00
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.
Aung San Suu Kyi released at end of her sentence in November, Myanmar minister says
Home Affairs Minister Maung Oo announces opposition leader’s release. This will bar her from taking part in the election called by the military junta. Ms Suu Kyi will purge her entire sentence. An opposition leader says the announcement is “nothing new or extraordinary.”
Yangon: Aung San Suu Kyi challenges censorship, promotes opposition online
After recovering from a minor illness, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was able to get wireless connection in her home. During her years under house arrest, she did not even have access to the telephone. She wants to use social networks to speak to young people, but the regime’s controls and the country’s lack of infrastructure will make it hard for her to achieve her goals.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s party now illegal
The National League for Democracy will be disbanded on 6 May because of its refusal to register for the upcoming election. The party’s Central Executive Committee made the decision to protest against the exclusion of its leader. Sources tell AsiaNews that malaise and hatred for the military dictatorship are growing.
Senior General Than Shwe to decide “if and when” Aung San Suu Kyi is freed
Official Burmese sources say military regime strongman has last say on opposition leader’s release, which could occur a few days after “farce” elections are held. Win Tin says that “Daw” Suu will travel the country to rally support for democracy as soon as she is out.
Junta cancels 1990 election results as archbishop of Yangon urges people to pray for Myanmar
The military cancels elections results because they do “not conform to the constitution.” It allows National League for Democracy to reopen some of its offices. NLD says party central committee to meet to decide whether to take part in this year’s elections. Mgr Bo urges the faithful to pray “for the upcoming elections and for the leaders of the country.”
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