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Myanmar's junta is in a much weaker position than many realize

Split the generals from the troops, and the coup will fall apart

| Myanmar
People hold placards depicting Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally to demand her release in Yangon on Feb. 8: the dynamic is shifting away from the junta.   © Reuters

Philipp Annawitt worked as an adviser to Myanmar's Parliaments for the UN Development Program from 2015-2020. He now lives in Tunisia and continues to advise the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry.

The curiously "soft" coup in Myanmar is reaching a tipping point, with resistance forming in the civil service and, perhaps, in the security forces. The international community must move quickly to split the junta from the troops and support the civil disobedience movement.

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