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Pressure pays as Myanmar moves to democracy

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Pressure pays as Myanmar moves to democracy

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The hardline military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma, have announced moves towards possible democracy.

The junta says a referendum on a new constitution will be held in May, followed by multi-party elections in 2010.

Myanmar’s generals agreed a seven-step plan to end 40 years of military rule in 2003, but have refused, until now, to set a firm timetable.

Dozens of monks, possibly hundreds, died when the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising last autumn.

The leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi recently met senior junta members in Myanmar following pressure from the United Nations and the rest of the international community.