Thursday, March 31, 2016

Change comes to Myanmar

Good things are happening in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, as reported in the Wall Street Journal today.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer under house arrest.

Her party won recent elections.

The new president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, was sworn in--the first civilian leader in more than fifty years.

He promised to amend the military-drafted constitution  to meet "democratic standards."

The amendments could allow Suu Kyi to become president.  She is currently barred because she had a British husband and her two sons are British.

Burma has had a rocky road since the rule by the British and then by Japan.

The assassination of Suu Kyi's father, Aung San, in 1947 was followed by civilian rule until a military coup in 1962.

See this timeline:

May peaceful change continue.

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