Singapore to name orchid after Burmese junta leader

Botanic Gardens to honour Burmese Prime Minister. By Reuters.

Excerpts from Reuters:

SINGAPORE, March 13 (Reuters) - Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein will visit Singapore and Indonesia next week, just after regional group ASEAN urged its military junta to be inclusive in elections and to free political prisoners.

Thein Sein's itinerary has not been made public, but Singapore's Botanic Gardens said it would host an "Orchid Naming Ceremony" for Thein Sein on Wednesday, as part of his official visit to Singapore and Indonesia, a spokeswoman told Reuters. Myanmar ruling junta's newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported on Friday that Thein Sein, the number four in its hierarchy, would visit the two countries "in the near future".

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"The naming of an orchid after PM Thein Sein could be worse than watering a poison ivy," said Soe Aung, a spokesman for Bangkok-based Forum for Democracy in Myanmar.

Read full report on Reuters.

Who is Thein Sein? See Altsean-Burma and The Myanmar Times.

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