05 Feb '11, 12pm

DTN Singapore: Myanmar state media asserts junta head's role: Myanmar's junta chief appeared on the front of the...

BANGKOK (AFP) - – Myanmar's junta chief appeared on the front of the main state newspaper Saturday, above news that a retired general had been made president, in what one analyst said was an apparent assertion of strength. Than Shwe, the junta number one who has ruled Myanmar with an iron fist since 1992, was pictured in full military uniform and described as senior general and commander-in-chief of defence services in a prominent announcement. The item in the New Light of Myanmar, entitled "Various national races share joys and sorrows", appeared to be reprinted from an earlier proclamation on the country's unity. It was positioned above a report on the appointment of prime minister Thein Sein, a key ally of the army chief, as Myanmar's head of state. "Maybe whoever is in charge of the newspaper, they just wanted to confirm that Than Shwe is still the boss," said Myanmar ...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20110205/tap-myanmar-politic...

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