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Major role for military in Myanmar government, says Thein Sein

Staff help prepare President Thein Sein, of Myanmar, for a town hall event at the Voice of America in Washington. Photo: Reuters

The military that ran Myanmar for decades will continue to play a major role in the country, according to the former general who has presided over the transformation of a nation that only three years ago was considered one of the world's most repressive.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 2:05am

Cyclone 'could delay' Myanmar president's landmark state visit to US

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Myanmar President Thein Sein's landmark state visit to the United States could be delayed because of a cyclone threatening to strike his country's northwest coast.

16 May 2013 - 12:48am

Myanmar committee to ‘grant liberty’ to dissidents

Myanmar's President Thein Sein. Photo: AFP

Myanmar’s leader has set up a committee to review political prisoner cases “to grant them liberty”, state media said Thursday, in a rare direct acknowledgement of dissidents in the nation’s jails.

7 Feb 2013 - 6:26pm

Myanmar abolishes 25-year ban on public gatherings

President Thein Sein. Photo: EPA

Myanmar’s nearly two-year-old reformist government has abolished a ban on public gatherings of more than five people that was ordered in 1988 on the day a military junta took power after crushing nationwide pro-democracy protests.

30 Jan 2013 - 10:30am

Myanmar aims to improve lives, modernise with new reforms

President Thein Sein. Photo: AP

Myanmar’s government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 but also quickly improve the lives of its citizens.

19 Jan 2013 - 12:18pm