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Soldiers from the Burmese army sell books in downtown Rangoon

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Despite spending half of the national budget on the army, dissent amongst the rank and file soldier is rife as low pay has forced many to desert or find other ways to survive. The military also still controls the government and with it the country too. With a guaranteed 25% of seats for the military and the ability to seize power at any moment in 'the interest of the nation's security', Burma's new constitution is one of the main stumbling blocks to bringing true democracy to the country
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Despite spending half of the national budget on the army, dissent amongst the rank and file soldier is rife as low pay has forced many to desert or find other ways to survive. The military also still controls the government and with it the country too. With a guaranteed 25% of seats for the military and the ability to seize power at any moment in 'the interest of the nation's security', Burma's new constitution is one of the main stumbling blocks to bringing true democracy to the country