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Facts about Burma

  • Burma was a British colony between 1886 and 1948
  • The military government changed the name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Many countries, including the UK, do not recognise the change.
  • Its 2010 election was widely seen as unfair but brought in a nominally civilian government under President Thein sein.
  • It is one of the poorest countries in Asia
  • Reporters Without Borders ranked Burma among the 10 worst countries for press freedom