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Reforms lift veil on Myanmar's power struggles

Published on Sep 9, 2012 2:17 PM

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) - For the near half century that they lived under a military junta, the people of Myanmar knew nothing of the power struggles going on within the regime.

But as the country slowly gets used to its new democratic institutions following a wave of political reforms over the past year, these battles are now being played out very much in public.

Gone is the junta, with power apparently concentrated in the hands of one man. Gone too is the era when in-fighting only came to light with the rise of a new strongman or the arrest of a general who had fallen out of favour.

Since March last year, when a new constitution came into force, power has rested with reform-minded former generals whose quasi-civilian regime replaced outright military rule.

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