A walk in a changing Burma

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar also known as Burma is going through a fast change.

With a general election that took place in 2010, a nominally civilian government was installed. While former military leaders still wield enormous power in the country, the Burmese Military have taken steps toward give back control of the government.

This, along with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners, has improved the country’s human rights record and foreign relations, and has led to the easing of trade and other economic sanction.

On 8 November 2015 a general elections were held. These were the first openly contested elections held in Myanmar since 1990. The results gave the National League for Democracy an absolute majority  of seats in both chambers of the national parliament, enough to ensure that its candidate would become president, while NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from the presidency.

The new parliament assembled on 1 February 2016 and, on 15 March 2016, Htin Kyaw was elected as the first non-military president of the country since the Miliatar coup of 1962.

On 6 April 2016, Aung San Suu Kyi assumed the newly created role of Stage Counselor, a role similar to a Prime Minister.

Theravada buddhism religion is dominate,  89% of the population. In the past few years the Buddhists clashed with the minority Muslim population, most of emigrated from Bangladesh. Sadly the country is been constantly on war. Three Anglo _ Burmese wars in the 19th century where the country became a British colony.

Becoming independent nation in 1948 initially as a democratic nation and then, following a coup d’état in 1062, a militar dictatorship that last till 2015.

For most of its independent years, the country has been involved in a extensive war between Burma’s ethinic groups which is one of the world’s longetst- running ongoing civil wars. Despite the no go zone that is still in place in some part of the country the restriction of Visa tourist is been lifted, and the tourist are started swarming to see the country that in the 16th, was for a brief period the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia.

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