POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 2011
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar » The leader of Myanmar's junta is urging people to protect what he called the country's nascent "democracy," a day after a Cabinet was approved for the new military-dominated government.
Senior Gen. Than Shwe called Saturday for the nation's citizens to build together and safeguard a "democracy system" that is "still in its infancy." His call came in a Union Day message read out by Vice President-elect Tin Aung Myint Oo, another leading junta member.
In his message, Than Shwe also struck a familiar tough tone, warning people "to tackle any form of disruption to the new system."
Critics say Myanmar's transition to democracy is a charade and that last year's election was orchestrated to perpetuate military rule.