Myanmar Military JuntaThe Myanmar Military Junta
The Myanmar military remains a great force despite opposition victories
YANGON, Myanmar - In the midst of the mold-covered façades of Yangon city centre are Yangon's policing posts, a five-story structure that houses the Special Branch State Securities Agent and federal agencies where residents are forced to stay outside the city. All of them are the remains of a Myanmar policing state that has not yet been completely mined.
All of these positions will escape the scrutiny of a new regime headed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's organisation, which won a seemingly unilateral success in Sunday's groundbreaking poll. Myanmar is overwhelmed by the prospects that the long-suffering democratic movements will snatch parliamentary and law enforcement power from a political institution that has ruled in one way or another over the past five centuries, as the formal ballots seem to affirm the scale of the win.
But under the constitution drafted by the general, a large and mighty part of the red tape will stay under the immediate supervision of the army, with authority such as the issuance of passes and the management of an internal intelligence system to spy on Myanmar's people. However, he warned that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi would be compelled into a delicate distribution of forces with the army, which kept her under home detention for most of two decades. Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to two years.
Since time immemorial, the army has been a strongly politicised body. There is a strong interest in the army in jade and ruby mining, a beer factory, buses, tobacco, textile and banking. The General Administration department, like the country's overall policing department, is part of the Ministry of the Interior, one of three government departments under the control of the war.
Mr. Horsey says that controlling such an important part of the government by the army requires Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's cooperation with the army. "It will be out of the question to manage the land without the Interior Ministry on their side, and that means in the end the supreme command of the military," he said.
However, the extent to which Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi is prepared to make compromises with her former kidnappers is not known. However, it has also called into question the militarys democratic function and has often criticised a constitutional rule giving the militarys one fourth of Parliament. It also says it is planning to bypass the prohibition on becoming governor that the general has written into the constitution.
Commenting most strongly on this possible cause of rubbing, Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that she would be entitled to elect the presidential candidate she described as submissive as the leader of the MPs. Mr Horsey cautioned that the relations between Aung San Suu Kyi and the Gentiles were crucial to a working state.
Aung San Suu Kyi's rejoicing in the party was accompanied by the former generals' shocks on the scale of their failure. Myanmar's Irrawaddy, a newsmagazine, said Tuesday that almost all the nominees who had been serving in President Thein Sein's office had been beaten.
Further casualties of the ruling coalition include the spokesman of the lower chamber and the leader of the caucus. In one of the capital's highly populous districts, Naypyidaw, a former general and defence secretary was defeated by a writer from Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy political group.
Of 657 parliamentary houses, the National League for Democracy was formally proclaimed the victor of 163 houses, as opposed to 10 for the ruling caucus. On Wednesday, the Electoral Committee said that Ms Aung San Suu Kyi had been re-elected. Mr Thant Myint-U said the win had created huge hopes for Ms Aung San Suu Kyi to eliminate corrupt practices and increase the efficiency of long-neglected and poorly-funded governance agencies.
However, he warned that the absence of immediate controls over such important bodies as the policemen, who are themselves a focus of bribery, could make this work much more difficult for Aung San Suu Kyi. Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Wai Moe reported with the headline: