Unwilling to accept military rule, many in Kachin are looking to the Kachin Independence Organization to fill a void in governance. As the KIO strengthens its influence, it is facing mounting pressure to regulate environmentally destructive gold mining.
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U Shwe Maung has been a rare advocate for the Rohingya in the ruling USDP since being elected to the seat of Buthidaung in 2010. He has now cut ties with his party.