The military’s constitutionally-enshrined formal role in national politics has again come under scrutiny, with ICG warning there is a strong chance the military will seek to maintain its grip on 25 percent of parliamentary seats “longer than is healthy”.
Hundreds of mourners gathered on April 23 for the funeral of U Win Tin, former journalist and giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.
Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has warned that the country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy".
U Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died on April 21 aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.
For a long time, many in Myanmar have held two affiliations – what it says on their national registration cards and what it says in their hearts.