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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Coup in Myanmar?

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Rumors have been circulating for several hours that Myanmar dictator Gen. Than Shwe has been deposed by his second-in-command, Gen. Maung Aye. I'll try to keep tabs on this, but the government of Myanmar is rather secretive and it could be a wile before I find out anything.

This is probably not a very major development. Maung Aye is a member of the ruling junta (military council), and the artile that I read says that he was backed by five other junta members. Than Shwe was percieved as consolidating power for himself, which is a big no-no in a junta-style government (the generals are supposed to share power amongst themselves). What probably went down is this: Than Shwe wanted all the power for himself, the other genrerals didn't like that, so they got rid of him in order to return to the status quo.

I'll do my best to keep you updated on this situation.


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