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30 August 2010 :: 11:08:28 am 37096

Burmese Junta Leaders Suspected to have Resigned

Various media sources from within Burma are reporting that key leaders of Burma’s military junta have stepped down on Sunday. The reports come as the southeast Asian nation gets ready for its first democratic elections since 1990 at the end of the year.
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Burma, the 30th of August 2010: Although there have been conflicting reports between state-run and independent media, most have announced some movement by Burma’s current military led government to ease control of the nation back to the people ahead of Novembers planned elections.

Critics still maintain that the election will be a ‘sham’, and that it is designed to further entrench military power over the Burmese people. Despite power being transferred to a democratically elected president, the countries ever-present military will retain 25% of the seats in parliament under the recently adopted constitution.

Independent news organisations run by Burmese exiles, including the Irrawaddy and Mizzima, reported that General Than Shwe (Junta leader) had relinquished his military role, but would remain as the head of government until the elections. Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) quoted sources from within the Burmese Foreign Ministry stating that both Than Shwe and his deputy General Maung Aye were preparing to step down, but had not yet announced their retirement.

State-run media and several sources from within the Burmese junta stated that both Than Shwe and Maung Aye had not yet retired, while other officials from within the military led government had stepped down. Several sources also suggested that Than Shwe and Maung Aya would become president and vice-president of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), running in the November election.

Than Shwe [77] and his junta have had a stranglehold on Burma and its people since 1992, with the last democratic election-taking place in 1990. Aung San Suu Kyi won the election as head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) but the countries military junta at the time did not allow the transition of power.

The NLD has since refused to take part in the November elections and was recently disbanded. Former NLD leaders fears the November elections are merely a farce aimed at further entrenching military power in Burmese politics while presenting a reformed front to the world.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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