Burma or Myanmar 2016Myanmar or Burma 2016
Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Minister, said that on 21 April 2016 the country could be called either Burma or Myanmar. The first real encounter with Burma (Myanmar) was when I saw Anthony Bourdain's award-winning'Parts Unknown'.
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As Myanmar's wife shared the democratic opposition
Myanmar's reigning ruler under General Than Shwe five years ago took a tentative but auspicious step away from an almost five-decade-old army regime by easing controls, opening the country's economies and expelling detainees and Aung San Suu Kyi, an Opposition-leader and National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman, from housing-prison.
Myanmar (also known as Burma ) will have its first general election since the beginning of this transitional period in just one week, on 8 November. It will be a decisive time in the present-day evolution of the nation, testing the willingness of the army regime to further democratisation and to commit itself to a true democratic process. It will also show the NLD's ability to restrict the role of the general leaders who still govern the state.
Overall, Myanmar has improved since the beginning of liberalisation in 2011. The pessimistic Burmese people themselves acknowledge that their land has been put on a better track. Although still humble, the tourist industry has grown strongly and is expanding rapidly - three million people visited in 2014 and five million are expected this year.
This year, the industry is expected to expand by 8.7 per cent, compared to 6.5 per cent in the previous year.