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Security forces were surrounding the Union Solidarity and Development Party headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw on August 13 amid the removal of Thura U Shwe Mann as party chairman.
President U Thein Sein’s consolidation of power over the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in a putsch that removed his main rival for the presidency was in the interests of party unity, the USDP said a statement on August 13.