President Thein Sein’s Inaugural Speech

On 30 March 2011, the new President of the Republic of
the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, delivered his
inaugural speech to both Chambers of the Pyidaungsu
Hluttaw (Union Parliament)
1
. To many Burmese
democrats, nothing U Thein Sein said made any
difference or will make any difference since he is
perceived to be the faithful and loyal servant and puppet
of Senior-General Than Shwe, former head of the State
Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and, as many
believe, still the power behind the throne.

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