The Military Government Officially Relocated The National Capital

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On Sunday November 6, 2005, the Myanmese military government officially relocated the national capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw in a rural mountainous valley in southern Mandalay Division. The next day, Myanmar’s Information Minister, General Kyaw Hasan announced that the country’s capital would be a newly established city in Pyinmana District. On March 2, 2006, the new administrative capital in Kyatpyae Village of Pyinmana District was publicly named “Naypyidaw (Nay Pyi Daw). Capital city often move, as in the case of Myanmar’s generals uprooting the country’s administrative center from Yangon to Naypyidaw. This specific case of Myanmar however was quite rational and with surprisingly practical reasons. While many of the motivations ascribed to the moved of the capital city will not be new to people studying Myanmese politics and geography in the region. The sudden move to Naypyidaw drew local and international attentions from around the world. The construction of an altogether new city in the country’s hinterland as a natural outcropping stemming from the infusion of a range of perceived motivations not dissimilar to what transpired within the last century in Tanzania, Brazil and Nigeria. The possible reasons involved in the current relocation of the capital are still unclear even though the government gave the reason of focusing on the country’s development. There is some speculation concerning this relocation as follows.
The move to Naypyidaw, approximately 330…

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