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Burma reshuffle as elections approach; WORLDBULLETINS.

BURMA'S junta has carried out a major military reshuffle that retired more than a dozen senior leaders in an apparent move to prepare for November national elections.

There were conflicting reports about whether the top two junta leaders - Senior General Than Shwe and his second-in-command, General Maung Aye - also stepped down from the military while retaining their respective posts as the junta's chairman and vice chairman.

Than Shwe has ruled the country since 1992. The elections are portrayed by the regime as a key step to shifting to civilian rule after five decades of military domination, but critics call them a sham.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 28, 2010
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