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    Military junta prepares for election

    MILITARY JUNTA PREPARES FOR ELECTION

    Published: 29/08/2010 at 04:11 AM
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    RANGOON / A major reshuffle by Burma's ruling junta marks the biggest shift within the military in decades, with changes to more than 70 senior army officers' positions, an officer said yesterday.

    News emerged from the country on Friday that some senior leaders, including army number three Thura Shwe Mann, had retired from their military posts to stand in the Nov 7 poll _ the first held in the country in two decades.

    ``More than 70 senior military officers' posts were changed. We can say that it's the biggest change within the military in decades,'' an army officer said.

    ``Our leaders have been planning for a long time to keep the military active with the new generation,'' he added.

    Initial news reports on Friday said the junta chief Than Shwe _ who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1992 _ and his number two Maung Aye had stepped down from the army, but this was denied by a government official.

    An unnamed government officer close to the regime said yesterday that the 77-year-old and his deputy were ``likely to retire soon''.

    ``The order hasn't come out yet in paper though they have planned it,'' he said. ``It's likely to be after the election.''

    The reshuffle was not officially announced by the media and state television was silent on the subject.

    More: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...to-run-in-poll

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    Re: Military junta prepares for election

    Hi,

    I have a forthcoming trip to Burma in November this year, and i have just been on the FCO.....UK website checking a few things ready for my journey. I noticed that a visa on arrival at Yangon airport has now been suspended as from September 1st 2010.

    Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements> Visa Requirements
    You need a visa to visit Burma. Visa on arrival will be suspended from 1 September 2010. British nationals should apply for a visa in advance at the nearest Burmese embassy or Consulate before travelling

    Apparently this visa on arrival is a relatively new thing. Perhaps it has been suspended temporarily due to the forthcoming elections.

    Billy.

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    Re: Military junta prepares for election

    Burma to Suspend Visa on Arrival

    RANGOON A report says Burma will suspend its new policy of issuing tourists visas on arrival as the military-ruled country prepares for its first general election in 20 years.

    The Weekly Eleven news journal reported Tuesday that the visa-on-arrival policy began May 1 at Rangoon (Yangon) International airport and the central Burmese city of Mandalay.

    It quoted an immigration official saying the suspension takes effect Sept. 1 and was to assess how many visitors had used the visas.

    But it could also reflect concerns that foreign journalists and rights activists might enter the country in the guise of tourists ahead of the election scheduled for Nov. 7. The party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is boycotting, claiming election laws are unfair.

    Souce: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=19290

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    Re: Military junta prepares for election

    Nargis-related Visas Halted Ahead of Election

    The Burmese government has banned Nargis-related visas for humanitarian relief workers ahead the general election, according to relief news agency.

    The move has surprised the international aid community because the three-year program, called the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan, was approved by the government and has only reached its halfway mark, according to NGO workers in Rangoon.

    Bishow Parajuli, the UN resident coordinator in Burma, told a relief news network, Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN), It comes as a surprise, but we are appealing for an interim period with extensions of agreements and visas, during which the agencies can apply for their new memorandums of understanding.

    According to a report by the IRIN, a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday, Burmas Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement told international NGOs and UN agencies on Aug. 16 that the post-Nargis delta recovery effort should be mainstreamed into development programmes.

    The ministry said: The responsibility of coordinating those activities will therefore no longer fall to the Ministry of Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement, but the respective line ministries and will therefore require new memorandums of understanding.

    No Nargis-related visas would be extended, and no new visas would be granted under the old arrangement which allowed humanitarian aid workers fairly easy access to the affected areas, according to the report.
    The report also said that more than 90 humanitarian workers with international nongovernmental organizations or UN agencies in Burma now have uncertain visa status.

    With the election period coming up, we know everyone will be very busy, so we are concerned that it might take too long to get new memorandums of understanding and assistance might be interrupted, which would have negative consequences for the people in need of continued assistance, Parajuli was quoted by IRIN as saying.

    According to recent assessments conducted in the delta by relief agencies, hard-hit areas such as Labutta and Bogalay townships are still in an emergency state two years after the disaster in May 2008, in which 138,000 people died and 2.4 million people were affected.

    An NGO worker in Kamaryut Township in Rangoon told The Irrawaddy that the government banned international NGO visas, especially for Westerners, because it fears that foreigners may enter Burma to observe the upcoming general election on Nov. 7.

    According to the Rangoon-based Eleven Media Group, Mandalay International Airport and Yangon International Airport will stop issuing visas on arrival to tourists on Sept. 1.

    Source: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=19267

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