Military Junta states that it "marks the transition from military rule to a civilian democracy."
President Thein Sein signs law allowing peaceful demonstrations for the first time
NLD wins 43 out of 45 seats in parliamentary by-elections
Government allows printing of privately owned newspapers for the first time in 50 years
Govt abolishes 25 yr old ban on public gatherins of more than 5 people
Violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Meiktila
-More than 40 people die
-12,000 Muslims displaced from their homes
-State of emergency declared
-Govt. warns that they will use force to stop "political opportunists and religious extremists" from fomenting hatred between faiths
US extends sactions for another year
Despite recent reforms, rights abuses and army influence on politics and the economy persist.