With the Tatmadaw chief reaching retirement age this year, some speculate that a fresh face could achieve a détente with the NLD – but the appointment process itself could hold the key to better civil-military relations.
A lull in fighting in Rakhine State should not be mistaken for a free and fair election environment, but the efforts of Japanese envoy Yohei Sasakawa towards supplementary elections may deliver other benefits.
The popularity of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Kyi was certainly a factor in the NLD’s resounding election success, but so too was fighting corruption, progress in economic development and an ill-advised intervention by the Tatmadaw chief.
Better organisation, more investment and regular bouts broadcast live on TV to generate advertising revenue are among the changes needed to make bare-knuckle traditional lethwei boxing as popular as other codes.
Foreign journalists have used drones in Myanmar and not been arrested, raising speculation over the real reasons for the recent jail sentences imposed on a Singaporean, a Malaysian and two citizens by a court in the capital.