06 Feb '11, 5am

Myanmar strongman lurks behind new politics, say experts - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

BANGKOK: Myanmar may have announced a new president this week, but analysts say the country's ageing junta chief will still pull the strings in the new political system. Than Shwe, who began his authoritarian rule in 1992, will try to ensure his own safety by maintaining his influence behind the scenes after the rise of his key ally Thein Sein to president, according to experts. The exact retirement plans of the ageing postman turned psychological warfare officer remain shrouded in mystery. But if anyone was under the impression that he had quietly faded into the background with the selection of a new political leader, a prominent message on the front of the main state newspaper served to underline his strength. The squat septuagenarian was pictured Saturday in full military uniform, chest bristling with medals but without the customary dark glasses, above the announcement...

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