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A military junta ruled from 1962 to 2011, when the generals were accused of human rights abuses, prompting international condemnation and sanctions.
The country began to open in 2010, and free elections were held in 2015 installing a government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. An army operation against alleged terrorists in Rakhine State since August 2017 has driven more than half a million Muslim Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh. This damaged the new government’s international reputation, made worse after Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was overthrown in an army coup in February 2021. Internal conflict continues.
Did you know?
- Shwedagon Pagoda is gilded with 40 tonnes of gold leaf.
- Tea is eaten in Myanmar as a salad.
- Burmese men also wear sarongs (longyi’s)