Thein Sein: the quiet junta insider who opened Myanmar to the world

When he became Myanmar’s leader five years ago Thein Sein was dismissed as a junta stooge – but as he prepares to hand power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the taciturn ex-general can also claim credit for steering a peaceful political transition that has stunned the world. President Thein Sein, who spent almost half […]

Myanmar’s post-election landscape reshaped by Suu Kyi victory

While supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit the streets to celebrate an apparent landslide win for her party in Sunday’s election, a dazed former general sat at home licking his wounds. Veteran politician Htay Oo, acting chief of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), lost his seat in the […]