(From Reuters)

Myanmar’s powerful ruling party chief Shwe Mann has been ousted from his post, party members said on Thursday, apparently after losing a power struggle with President Thein Sein three months before a general election.

Security forces surrounded the headquarters of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the capital, Naypyitaw, late Wednesday and prevented members there from leaving.

A file photo of Shwe Mann at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Shwe Mann’s ouster from the party follows rare discord within the establishment over the role of the military, which handed power to a semi-civilian government in 2011 but retains an effective veto over the political system.

“Shwe Mann isn’t the chairman of the party any more,” said a USDP member of parliament.

“He’s in good health and at home now.” Read More

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