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Disturbing early signs in Myanmar's new government
A Suu Kyi's domination, doubtful references and a confused viewing table are disturbing some onlookers. Myanmar's new government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to meet almost impossible demands. For many Myanmar residents, after five decade-long periods of either armed or quasi-military domination, the NLD government is expected to make a significant rift with the country's dictatorial past while at the same time fostering greater gender inequality.
These are all expected from a government headed by a minister with little or no governmental or administrative expertise because of the country's dark past and who belongs to a ruling government organised around the dominant character Aung San Suu Kyi. But the NLD's governmental capacity is further hampered by the fact that the NLD's militaries have little desire to withdraw from policy, a stance confirmed by the Chief of the Force on Force Day last months.
Though there are local cases of states like Indonesia where the military were finally manoeuvred out of the political arena, there are also many South East Asia cases, such as neighbouring Thailand, where the general never really went back to the caserne. Combining the Nobel laureate's portfolio with the poor references of many other government officials gives Suu Kyi tremendous political clout.
Furthermore, the establishment of the Council of Ministers' stance was largely driven by the lower chamber, which worried some Members about the NLD's engagement in a serious legislative debate. The new Myanmar government has taken some good steps since taking power about two inaugurated. She has freed most of the country's left standing deportees or declared that she will be pardoned, a crucial sign that the new government will further loosen the free speech and uprising.
Other indications from the new government are more disturbing, albeit perhaps more foreseeable. NLD's business-to-finance platforms remain confused, and partisan leaders claim that the top leaders have no clear blueprint for continuing Myanmar's macroeconomic reform while working to tackle the issue of increasing inequalities.
Suu Kyi and other NLD rulers also kept disastrously silent during last year's election year about the Rohingya and other Muslim campaigns in Myanmar, a Rohingya decimationism. Soon after the new government took power at the end of March, she heralded that the former government spokesperson Thein Sein, Zaw Htay, would be maintained and upgraded.
In Myanmar, Zaw Htay is widely known for his rebellious comments about the Rohingya, which include the publication of photographs that, according to the Irrawaddy, aggravated tension between the Buddhist and Muslim communities. Meanwhile, the new Secretary of Religion, Aung Ko (who is not from the NLD), last weeks named Muslims "associated citizens", meaning that they did not earn the same kind of nationality as Buddha.
The Myanmar press also disclosed that Aung Ko had met with U Wirathu, the Nazi friar notorious for his anti-Muslim oratory. Meanwhile, many other government officials seem to be less impressive. Besides concerns about the doubtful conclusions of some cabinet members, many are strong policy associates of the former president of the lower chamber, Thura Shwe Mann.