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The change from SLORC to SPDC (November 1997)

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Title: A Junta by Any Other Name
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: "It was Tazaungdei Pwe, the festival of lights, but most Burmese were too preoccupied with political events to enjoy the celebration fully. An official radio bulletin had announced the nine year-old State Law and Order Restoration Council had been dissolved and replaced by the State Peace and DevelopmentCouncil SPDC. The announcement surprised many Burmese..."
Author/creator: By Aung Zaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma Changes the Guard
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: The new face in the corridors of power in Rangoon might be an entirely new vintage. Either way, they have some challenges ahead of them. What now remains to be seen is whether these young men, can tackle the country's economic problems and whether they will open a regular dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after years of on again, off again dithering.
Author/creator: By Nussara Sawatsawang, Bangkok Post
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's Last Mission?
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: Analysis of the change from SLORC to SPDC "The SLORC started restructuring itself into the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) on November 15,1997, announcing a series of notifications: No. 1/97, 2/97, 3/97. Burma watchers have offered different opinions about what the changes really mean. In fact, the military always makes superficial changes whenever it faces a political crisis. Over the past 35 years, the military junta has changed the name of country three times, changed the constitution twice and has adopted four different names for its ruling body — the latest being the SPDC..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma's Power Play
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: "The SLORC was dissolved and the SPDC came into being. Many analysts have suggested that this is merely "old wine in new bottles". In many ways, yes, but it may signal a shift in tactics although probably not overall strategy. One reason for forming a new government may have been so that the military leaders could distance themselves from the 1990 election issue..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Just as Ugly
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: "Burma's generals have long looked enviously upon their counterparts in Indonesia. That country's military has two things the Rangoon junta covets: a permanent role in governing its country, and acceptance by the international community. On November 15, Burma's military government made a stab towards achieving both. Taking a leaf from the Indonesian book, the SLORC retitled itself as the slightly less ntimidating "State Peace and Development Council."..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Mission Impossible
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: Analysis of the name change• The outside pressure • SLORC's unfinished business • Repressive rule "Can the Security Council provide the UN with the clout needed to trigger change in Burma?..." _The US has at last achieved its objective of getting the issue of Burma o­n the UN Security Council’s formal agenda—over the expected objections of China and Russia..._
Author/creator: By Aung Lwin Oo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archive_print_list.php?vol=93
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Time Will Tell Whether Name Change is for Real
Date of publication: December 1997
Description/subject: "To many, the SLORC was dissolving itself and being replaced by a new ruling body the SPDC came as a surprise..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol. 5. No. 7
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives.php
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003