12 Feb '11, 9am

Myanmar strongman urges protection of \"democracy\"

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar: Myanmar's junta chief told people to safeguard the country's new "democracy," a day after parliament approved a cabinet packed with retired military officers. Senior general Than Shwe on Saturday called for people to "tackle any forms of disruptions to the new system" in a Union Day address delivered by newly-appointed vice president, Tin Aung Myint Oo. "The democracy system introduced to the Union of Myanmar is still in its infancy," the message said. "Therefore, it is required of the entire national people to safeguard and build together the newly-introduced democracy system, which has been adopted with the combined efforts of the government, the people and the Tatmadaw (army)." Former generals remain firmly in charge in Myanmar's new political system, which has been criticised as a sham aimed at hiding army power behind a nominally civilian system. A...

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