MYANMAR: Government crackdown could still intensify

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In its first press conference since taking power two weeks ago, the military today, 16 February, promised to hold elections and to hand over power to the winning party. However, the assurance will do little to ease political tensions. The military’s statements on the path back to elected government have little domestic credibility given the widespread local skepticism of the military's nominal reason for mounting the coup, which is to investigate opposition allegations of fraud in last year’s elections. Reports of more political arrests and the filing of a second case against Aung San Suu
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