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After Myanmar’s Coup

Although Myanmar’s democracy was clearly a work in progress, that progress has now come to a jarring halt with the February 1 military coup. The country’s neighbors are treading warily in its aftermath, and there may be some curious reversals of earlier stances.

NEW DELHI – Until recently, the last time Myanmar’s military supervised a general election whose outcome it didn’t like was back in 1990. On that occasion, a military junta refused to recognize the results, arrested the democratically elected leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s overwhelmingly victorious National League for Democracy (NLD), and continued to rule the country via the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).