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February 10, 2008 Myanmar Junta Calls for Vote By THOMAS FULLER BANGKOK — Myanmar ’s military government on Saturday announced a timetable for what it calls its “roadmap to democracy,” scheduling a referendum on a proposed constitution for May and elections for 2010. The elections would be the first since 1990, when the military ignored the results of a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi , the pro-democracy leader who is under house arrest. State-controlled media in Myanmar quoted Lt. Gen. Tin Aung Myint Oo, a top member of the governing junta, as saying that peace and stability had been restored to the country and that “multiparty, democratic elections” would be held in 2010.
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Unformatted text preview: Myanmar, formerly Burma, laid out its road map to democracy in 2003 but Saturday’s announcement was the first time that the government committed to a date for the referendum and elections. The outline of the new constitution was completed last year and was widely interpreted as ensuring a strong ruling hand for the military in any civilian government. Myanmar’s governing generals vowed in September, after the international outcry over the crackdown, to increase dialogue and consultations with Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, but no overtures have been reported in recent weeks and reconciliation between pro-democracy forces and the government appears to have stalled. Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company...
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