U Shwe Mann’s party has grown rapidly thanks to the wealth and influence of its leaders, but their military backgrounds cast doubt on its claim.
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US diplomat Bill Richardson also hit out at the State Counsellor for an "absence of moral leadership" over the crisis.
At a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on January 16 officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to begin repatriating refugees who have fled northern Rakhine State for Bangladesh since October 2016.