This is how Myanmar's democracy has played out for Ma Thanda: for a year and a half, her husband, an activist, was shot under mysterious circumstances while imprisoned by the military.And not long ago, the police locked away her friend Nilar Thein, who had taken to the streets to demand a better education system.
He's believed to be a confidant of former dictator Than Shwe, and has been accused of being responsible for the security forces crackdown on protesters during the 2007 Saffron Revolution, when monks rose against the regime. Myanmar's parliament has elected Htin Kyaw, confidant and close friend of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the country's new president.
He's the Southeast Asian nation's first civilian leader after decades of military rule.
After decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar's parliament has elected a new president.
While it may not be Aung San Suu Kyi, the election of her close aide Htin Kyaw has given the Burmese a reason for hope.
Overwhelming joy Many Burmese followed Tuesday's historic election live on TV, and took to social media to show their pride and joy.
But there were some who were disappointed as Myint Swe, a hardliner for the military, will become Vice President, Myanmar's second-highest official.Verena Hölzl reports from Naypyitaw about the historic move.() The office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said the military has formally ended its counterinsurgency operations in Rakhine.Observers say the move will send a wrong signal to the authorities in Myanmar.A stampede at a school in central Henan province has killed two people and left more than 20 injured.Back in November's parliamentary elections, the Burmese had voted overwhelmingly for the NLD, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.