Myanmar military to maintain political role, president says

March 20, 2015 4:46 AM

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Myanmar military to maintain political role, president says

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President Thein Sein said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

Myanmar was ruled by the military for 49 years before a semi-civilian government took power in 2011 and initiated widespread political and economic reforms.

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