More Burmese rule of law

Irrawaddy reports that National League for Democracy has also called upon Myanmar’s new government to adhere to the rule of law. As I mentioned yesterday, this seems to be an increasingly popular theme in the country’s political dialogue. However, I suspect the government has a different interpretation of what rule of law means. According to a New Light of Myanmar article from late 2007, then-Prime Minister Thein Sein told an audience of judges that the judiciary must work in harmony with the executive for the betterment of the country. Given the military’s dim view of the 1950s Supreme Court’s judicial activism, I suspect the new government will be wary of any sort of judiciary that might act as a check on the executive or legislative.

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