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Reformist leader Thein Sein says Myanmar needs transformation

Published on Dec 26, 2012 3:09 PM
 
Myanmar President Thein Sein (centre) greets supporters as he arrives at Yangon International Airport on Oct 1, 2012, upon his return from a landmark tour of the US. Myanmar's president called on Wednesday for a shake-up in the running of his fast-changing country, which he said was still mired in corruption and inefficiency and lagging behind its international peers. -- PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar's president called on Wednesday for a shake-up in the running of his fast-changing country, which he said was still mired in corruption and inefficiency and lagging behind its international peers.

Mr Thein Sein, the unlikely reformer to emerge from within a military junta 19 months ago, called for big improvements across Myanmar's outdated bureaucracy to strengthen democracy and the economy, as foreign firms weigh whether to invest in the resource-rich country.

"When it comes to measuring good governance, our country still falls far short of the international standards," the former general told a meeting of cabinet ministers, regional leaders and civil service chiefs aired on television and radio.

"There is still a lack of the characteristics of clean government and good governance... reforms are needed from the grassroots to the union (national) levels."

 
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