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August 27, 2010

Burma’s General Resigns

– VOA News

AP Photo: General Than Shwe in the Middle

Burma’s defense minister and other top generals are reported to have resigned their posts, with some of them set to run for election as civilians in the nation’s first political contest in 20 years. News agencies quote unidentified sources close to the ruling junta as saying General Thura Shwe Mann, the third ranking Burmese military leader, has retired as defense military to join the Union Solidarity and Development Party. The party is the political wing of the military regime, which is favored to win the most seats in the November 7 parliamentary election.

Sources have told the German press agency ( Deutsche Presse Agentur) and the exile- run Democratic Voice of Burma that Thura Shwe Mann is likely to become president of Burma after the election.
Pro-democracy critics of the Burmese regime say the election is a sham aimed at putting a civilian  mask on the junta that controls the country.

The junta’s fourth ranking general, Tin Aung Myint Oo, also resigned and is expected to be a candidate. He was one of a dozen generals who retired in the second reshuffling of military leaders this year. Twenty seven senior officers retired in April.

Pro- democracy activists accuse the government of setting rules aimed at ensuring there will be no repeat of the 1990 election, which was won in a landslide by the opposition National League for Democracy. Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi was never allowed to take power by the junta, which has controlled Burma since 1962.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest until at least after the election, has urged her supporters to monitor the election and report irregularities. She has suggested that pro-democracy forces not vote in the election.



  1. This is the best evidence to proof that socall 2010 election is a fake election.The retired SPDCs will capture all the seats of facist parliament. 25% will be in uniform and 75% will be in Burmese Skirt (Longyi) wearing army officers.

    Comment by Zo Khup — August 29, 2010 @ 2:39 am | Reply

  2. The SLORC/SPDC is really shaking their milatary rank but also political role.

    1. We found their “next steps” are going on the “Political Trend” which is no experience and not stable until now, because or ” NOT SINCERE”.

    2. We Public must ” HIT ” that cracking and unstable condition of SPDC, they can “END”
    any time because of their military power is
    UNSTABLE” and “NO PRINCIPLE” at the present time.

    3. NO Government as like as SPDC or Martial Law Government’s character. But some sincere
    military (soldiers) will join us after we showed the “Political Momentum” or ” Official Resist” by NLD.

    4. So, we trust NLD will show the ” RIGHT DECISION” ssonest and the “Boycott” and “Watch Group” in Burma are not sufficient and SPDC afraid the PUBLIC REVOLUTION leads by NLD.

    5. If NLD formed and follow the NGCUB’s set-up
    exile Government’s constitution.

    6. The remaing candidates must declare only “Inviting Hluttaw” or “Forming Parlaiment”.

    We will carry over our selves, and China will agreed and no objection at Security Council if U Nyo Ohn Myint must declare the gas line potential reflection on the NLD’s decision.

    If we are going on that “Boycott” and “Watch Dog” position is “Not Sufficient” against SPDC or 2010 election.

    We are ready to show the “OPEN CONFRONTATION” but the elected candidates must declare before and after going to jail again.

    Comment by Aung Moung — August 31, 2010 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  3. I’m going with the government on this election. they should win, since the poor and the working class has no qualified education and knowledge on running the country. Also, all the senior officers are rich from the current regime so if a citizen party was to become elected, they would make themselves rich first, then help the country (maybe). Myanmar needs order and without order, the country would have been 4 different countries now with all the rebels wanting their own land. Myanmar could become the next Yugoslavia. A beautiful country like Myanmar shouldn’t split. been to myanmar recently and it is improving by a lot since my last visit in 2003, i reconmend people reading this to take side on the government. Democracy is just a title. Freedom of speech is just saying. Don’t be fooled by all these “branded” titles. The whole world is being globalized with the title of Democracy, just like the era where Communism was the main government and then the U.S. became enemies with Russia and influenced everybody that Communism is bad. If you’re reading this and you disagree, you are uneducated to realize that all government systems have holes. Order is the only thing that holds a country strong.

    Comment by Treblin — October 10, 2010 @ 10:02 am | Reply

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