The United Nations special envoy to Burma says he was surprised by the ouster of Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.
But Razali Ismail says he remains hopeful Burma's military government can commit itself to democratic reforms, as well as releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
The Malaysian diplomat declined to speculate on whether Khin Nyunt's ouster will lead to the end of Burma's so-called "roadmap" to democracy. He says the United Nations can continue its efforts in Burma despite the new developments.
Mr. Razali has played an active role in pushing Burma's military government to open up its political system. But Rangoon has blocked him from returning to the country since March.
Information for this report is provided by AP, and AFP.