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Military backlash against Myanmar President?

Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 15:55

Yangon: The landslide opposition victory in the Parliamentary Elections in Myanmar could prompt a backlash against reformist President Thein Sein by military hardliners.

Analysts said the opposition’s apparent victory is likely to rattle the Burmese Government, comprising former Army generals, who had hoped to control the pace of political reform.

“What is important from now on is that all the parties to the reform process work closely together,” the Christian Science Monitor quoted a Western diplomat, as saying.

“The NLD should be very careful not to be arrogant or aggressive. If we are seen as a threat to the government there is a possibility that the [reform] process will slowdown or fail later on,” a former political prisoner and one-time Suu Kyi’s aide Myo Nan Naung Thein warned.

President Thein Sein had earlier reached an accord with Suu Kyi, paving the way for the NLD’s return to electoral politics after over two decades.

The deal, which led to the release of hundreds of political prisoners, a relaxation of censorship appeared designed to persuade the US and other Western powers to lift crippling international sanctions.


First Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 15:55
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