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    Burma leaders 'shed uniforms' to stand for election

    Burma leaders 'shed uniforms' to stand for election

    Several senior leaders in Burma have stepped down from their military posts so that they can run in forthcoming elections, reports say.
    PM Thein Sein was said to be among about 20 ministers who retired from military posts late on Monday night.
    They are expected to run as civilian politicians in Burma's first election in two decades, although it is not yet clear what platform they will use.
    Critics say Burma's generals are using the polls to strengthen their control.

    More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/8646575.stm

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    Re: Burma leaders 'shed uniforms' to stand for election

    Burma's junta preparing for elections
    Published: 2/05/2010 at 12:51 PM
    Online news: Breakingnews

    Burma's generals have shed their uniforms and are establishing a new political party ahead of the country's first election in two decades, but doubts remain over whether any real change is likely.

    The military government, which faces strict Western sanctions because of its human rights record, has billed this year's polls -- expected in late October or November -- as a shift of power outside its entrenched military structure.

    But critics charge that the shift is essentially cosmetic and part of a long expected bid by the military regime to buy some legitimacy.

    Prime Minister Thein Sein and 22 other ministers resigned from the military last week to officially become civilians ahead of the polls.

    "They will just change their military uniform. Their positions will be still the same as before," a Burma official told AFP.

    The premier then filed to form the "Union Solidarity and Development Party" (USDP), a name echoing Burma's body charged with lobbying and social activities, the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA).

    Win Min, a Burma researcher at the University of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, said the similarity was not a coincidence.

    "It is very clear. They used the same name as the USDA. This is the pro-junta party," Win Min said.

    David Mathieson, an expert on Burma at Human Rights Watch, said "it's like the script is playing itself out" as the rulers attempt to polish their image.

    More: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingn...-for-elections

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    Re: Burma leaders 'shed uniforms' to stand for election

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Burma's junta preparing for elections
    "It is very clear. They used the same name as the USDA. This is the pro-junta party," Win Min said.

    David Mathieson, an expert on Burma at Human Rights Watch, said "it's like the script is playing itself out" as the rulers attempt to polish their image.

    More: http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingn...-for-elections

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