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What Myanmar's New President Can't Fix

Mar 16, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Myanmar: A Proxy President Inherits Proxy Wars
Military appointees, which constitute 25 percent of Myanmar's parliament, could not prevent the election of Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy to the nation's presidency.
(ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Myanmar's onetime opposition party successfully chose its first civilian president this week to replace President Thein Sein, a former general. The accession of National League for Democracy (NLD) stalwart Htin Kyaw to the office March 30 will end the slow and planned transition from military to quasi-civilian rule, a process that began in 2010. The NLD has never held power and, perhaps because of its decades in opposition, enjoys high levels of popularity and a party brand that emphasizes sound, Western-style economic reform. However, its attempts to govern the restive border regions through political means will be sabotaged by the military....

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