Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Myanmar; Slow Changes


Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country located in Southeast Asia. Some form of military rule has governed the country since 1962. In 2010, following the first election in 20 years, Myanmar’s main military backed party won with an overwhelming victory. The campaign, at that time, was seen as a way to continue to military rule that Myanmar had been under for a number of decades. The fa├žade of the civilian government was soon unmasked as the ruling general came together in January of 2011, where eighty percent of the parliament was obviously of military control. Despite the failed attempt for a multi-party democracy, Myanmar has made multiple symbolic changes.

The present chief of state, Than Shwe, who heads the military Junta, has made a number of changes in the country. Not only has a het met with Aung Sun Suu Kyi (head of the National League of Democracy), but also has allowed her party to run in the upcoming elections. Along with this Than Shwe has placed a focus on a number of peace talks with the armed-rebels who are battling the military for control. Furthermore, there has been a significant change in the censorship issue of the Myanmar media. Publications released without censorship and freedom of speech are now both factors that journalists are able to benefit from.

The economic situation has also been a topic, which was necessary for immediate change. There has been an element of privatization toward the economic program of Myanmar, which is a large leap from their government control. Despite the changes, the people of Myanmar are still heavily skeptic toward the government and their recent developments. Along with the necessary changes in the politics and economy of the country, it’s health and education systems need an even larger focus according to its people.

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