Also this week, the junta saw an opportunity in Sri Lanka’s suffering, and its defense chief visited some of the monasteries in Sagaing his troops haven’t yet torched.
If he has the courage to exercise his constitutional rights as president, U Myint Swe has two opportunities left to avoid going down in Myanmar’s history as a villain.
Min Aung Hlaing will be the first military dictator to hold the parade, which in the past has only been presided over by civilian leaders.
The Irrawaddy looks at the individuals, groups and forces that shaped the course of events in one of the most tumultuous years in Myanmar’s modern history.
The two were jailed for four years on Monday but the junta chief commuted their sentences to two years’ house arrest; the move was widely dismissed as a PR stunt.
U Win Myint’s insistence that he would rather die when told to quit by the generals doesn’t surprise those familiar with his decades of self-sacrifice as a politician.
President U Win Myint told a court that on Feb. 1 he refused an order from senior military officers to step down, insisting to them that he preferred death.