EXPLAINER: Myanmar, Burma and Why the Different Names Matter
Why does one country have two different names?
This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.
This week, the military upended years of quasi-democratic rule in Myanmar, with soldiers taking control of the country in a carefully orchestrated coup. The military said the seizure of power was necessary because the government had failed to act on its unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in November elections, which the party of the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, won in a landslide. It claims the takeover was legal. But where exactly…