From: 101 East


Will recent reforms including the release of political prisoners see the country emerge as Asia’s newest democracy?

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is undergoing its most significant political change since military rule began in 1962.

Thein Sein, the country’s new president, has surprised the world with a series of democratic reforms.

He has opened Myanmar to the western world, released hundreds of political prisoners and eased media censorship.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader, has spent the past month campaigning openly in the country’s by-election and expectations among the people are the highest they have been in a lifetime.
101 East travels to the Southeast Asian country to find out the reasons behind the country’s dramatic turn – witnessing the transformation through the eyes of ordinary people and asking whether the country will emerge as Asia’s newest democracy.


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