What will she say?

Misha Renou

It was astrologers who decided in 1948 that Burma’s independence from Britain should be declared at 4.20 a.m.; who in 1970 decided to switch to driving on the right; and in 1987 to demonetise certain banknotes, thus wiping out savings and preparing the ground for the uprising that brought Aung San Suu Kyi to national prominence. In 2005, planetary alignments helped General Than Shwe decide to move the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw, though a more plausible factor was that the military wanted the capital to be well inland, fearing an amphibious invasion. On 8 November, Myanmar will hold its first general election since 2011, when a quasi-civilian government was established after 49 years of military rule. The astrologers are being kept busy.

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