Inteltrends: Burma Report 04-FEB-2011
Thein Sein chosen as regime’s new President
Burma’s new Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) meeting in Napyidaw today elected the ruling junta’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to serve as national President. Thein Sein, a 65 year old retired general, is also head of the military backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). With 408 votes, Thein Sein was chosen with a wide margin over two other candidates put forward by the USDP, the SPDC’ First Secretary Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo and Dr. Sai Mauk Kham.
Burmese Fend for Themselves in Cairo
The Irrawaddy, 04.Feb.2010
Less than 100 Burmese citizens are known to be working and living in Cairo, but despite the ongoing riots and violence in the city, the Burmese embassy has made no effort to contact or repatriate its nationals, sources in Egypt said. There was no reply at the Burmese Embassy in Cairo when The Irrawaddy called for comment.
Militia recruitment begins in northeastern command
Village headmen in area under Northeastern Region Command in Shan State North have been instructed to recruit people in their area concerned and send them to its command’s HQ based in Lashio within a week, according to local sources… Elderly people in the villages shared their views on this new recruitment that the military junta is likely to rush to block the movements of rebel groups, especially the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’s First Brigade.
Burmese junta disrupts KIO’s drug eradication mission
Obstacles are being placed to stop the drug eradication mission launched by the Kachin ethnic group, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) by the Burmese junta, said a KIO official. Burmese Army in Northern Regional Command (Ma-Pa-Kha) warned the KIO on January 30 to stop the drug eradication programme, begun on October 1, 2010 in areas controlled by former New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDA-K), the armed group which transformed into the Border Guard Force (BGF) under the junta’s control in 2009. “They (junta) made it clear that we are not to carry out the programme in BGF controlled areas or else they will take severe action,” Naw Bu the spokesman of KIO’s Central Drug Eradication Committee (DEC) told Thailand-based Kachin News Group.
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