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Under the surface, what has changed? Myanmar soldiers participate in a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of Myanmar's Independence day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, January 4, 2015. The Myanmar government held the Grand military review parade for the first time since 1962. Myanmar gained independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The transition to a “discipline flourishing” democracy initiated by the former military regime in 2003 when then Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt unveiled its roadmap to democracy – that he has reportedly said privately was based on plans drafted in 1993 – is on the surface slowly bearing fruit.

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High-profile talks are the favourite pastime of the Myanmar political elite of late, but they don’t always yield impressive results.

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The Debate

When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at Sagaing in 2012, as she campaigns for NLD candidates. Photo: Mizzima

For more than two decades the people of Myanmar have been looking in one direction for the realisation of their democratic ideals: towards Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, which won landslide victories in the election for a constituent assembly in 1990 and the by-elections of April 2012.

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Constitutional matters have been dominating the political agenda of late, with Lower House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann taking centre stage.

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The Debate

When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.