Myanmar presidential race heats up – Nikkei Asian Review

YANGON — In an upbeat tour of China and the U.S. in recent days, Myanmar Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann made every effort to look and sound presidential. Ditching his usual longyi, or sarong, for a sharp Western suit, Shwe Mann told a gathering at a U.S. think tank that “if the USDP nominates me as presidential candidate, I am happy to accept.” Shwe Mann, who also chairs the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, first spoke of his presidential ambitions almost two years ago. Now, six months before national elections, the former No. 3 in Myanmar’s previous military junta is among a handful of contenders jostling for position as the race for the presidency kicks into gear.

Myanmar’s former political prisoners weigh next steps ahead of polls – Christian Science Monitor/RTÉ World Report

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0211/Myanmar-s-former-political-prisoners-weigh-next-steps-ahead-of-polls http://www.rte.ie/news/player/world-report/2012/0212/ – radio report YANGON – “I felt nothing, really, when I was told I was to be...