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Myanmar should use COVID crisis to end 30 years of crony capitalism

Last thing the country needs is business as usual

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A supporter of the NLD, pictured on Oct. 2 in Yangon: the last thing Myanmar needs is business as usual.   © Reuters

Thant Myint-U is chairman of U Thant House in Yangon and author of "The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century."

Myanmar's government needs to provide urgent financial assistance to tens of millions of poor and working families who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 economic downturn.

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