It's time for a change, said the candidate. But the former general, who appeared to be repeating the slogan of the opposition National League for Democracy, was the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party standard-bearer.
Once-sleepy Seikkyi Kan-aungto, 20 minutes from Yangon by motorboat, has been transformed into a noisy, crowded, flag-waving theatre of political conflict since election campaigning broke out last month.
Daw Aung San Suu kyi has been denied permission to hold a campaign rally on November 1 at People’s Park next to Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda, the site of her first mass address in August 1988 when she announced her arrival on the political scene to a crowd of hundreds of thousands.
Workers at the World Jin garment factory tried to end their strike yesterday, but when they returned to their jobs they found the factory had suddenly closed for a three-day unpaid holiday.
The colleagues of a motorcycle taxi driver parked at the junction of Khayae Pin and Pyay roads in Mingalardon township have told him not to carry a knife because police are cracking down on those who hold illegal weapons.
Workers at the World Jin garment factory have accused their South Korean manager of trying to beat his female staffers over a wage dispute – a charge he denies.
The opposition National League for Democracy has ordered its candidates not to hold any more public rallies in Yangon and to focus on door-to-door campaigning.
Only 60 percent of Yangon’s water needs are being met, officials say. City authorities are hunting for fresh sources, even as work proceeds to fix leaky pipes that lose half the water they are supposed to carry.