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Military Not Involved in Govt, Says Thein Sein

12 July 2012

Burma’s President Thein Sein said in an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper on Wednesday that the country’s military no longer wields power, but should not be “left behind.” Claiming that the army has no say in government policy, he said that the military has only a “limited role” in governing under the 2008 Constitution, which allocates a quota of three ministers and 25 percent of Parliament seats to the armed forces. Military-appointed lawmakers also have the power to chose one of two vice-presidents.