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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- Fall '08