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Burma to Adjourn Constitutional Convention Next Week


Burma's military junta is expected to adjourn talks on a new democratic constitution next week, despite pressure from neighbors to speed up political reforms.

The convention, which has the task of drafting a new constitution, started in 1993 and was reconvened last December after years of irregular sessions.

Official media have said little about the talks involving more than one thousand delegates from across the country, most of them hand-picked by the military government.

The army, which has run Burma since 1962, says the convention is key to a seven-stage roadmap to democracy laid out in 2003 by former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt, who was ousted in a power struggle in October of 2004.

There was no word on how long the convention will be adjourned.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters.

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