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Myanmar military maintains its clout

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  • Writer: Nehginpao Kipgen
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the last military takeover in Myanmar in 1988. That was the third major military intervention in the country's political history since its independence. 

At that time, the country was still officially called Burma. The government changed it to Myanmar the following year.

The military's first intervention was in 1958 when civilian prime minister U Nu invited the military to form a caretaker government, stabilise the country and hold general elections. The then army commander-in-chief General Ne Win acted as interim prime minister.

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