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Light of hope in Myanmar

Police personnel stand guard during a demonstration by supporters of detained Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in front of a court house in Yangon on November 3, 2020. Wirathu, a hardline Buddhist monk turned himself in November 2, after 18 months on the run -- and less than a week before Myanmar's national elections -- a move analysts described as a bid to (AFP/Sai Aung Main)
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 19 2021

The new National Unity Government in Myanmar, which was announced on Friday, raises hopes that the various forces opposing the military rulers are finally organizing themselves. This could galvanize the opposition to the military, which has ruled the country by force since it took power on Feb. 1. Some 700 people have been killed as the military violently suppressed dissent.

The new government, announced in a 10-minute video released globally, comprises ousted members of parliament and leaders of anticoup protests and ethnic minorities. Former House of Representatives speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than was named prime minister, while President U Win Myint and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who were ousted by the coup and have been detained since February, retained their positions. The new government also appointed a 15-member Cabinet.

Assuming that this new g...

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