Friday, October 26, 2007

Ethnic Leaders Dismiss Talk of Burma's Collapse Should Junta Fall

Source: Irrawaddy News Magazine

Influential Burmese leaders contacted by The Irrawaddy have dismissed a possible “nightmare scenario" raised by some Burma experts who say that—should the junta fall—the country might collapse because of a lack of civilian leaders with experience in government.

Some Western experts and one Burmese historian suggested the fall of the military junta could bring about ethnic insurgencies, gutted institutions, clashes among leaders with no experience in democracy and continuing aftershocks from the junta’s ruinous economic policies in one of the world’s poorest nations, The Associated Press reported this week.

All of the ethnic leaders, veteran politicians and scholars contacted by The Irrawaddy disagreed.

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