YANGON — The dictators and army generals of Myanmar have ceded political power one drop at a time over the past decade, a process they carefully managed.
Until this week.
The landslide election victory by their longtime antagonist, Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the country’s democracy movement, stunned the military-backed governing party, members of the party and government officials said Friday.
“All of our calculations were wrong,” Zaw Htay, deputy director-general of the office of the president, said in an interview. “It was like a tsunami.”