• News Feeds
Page last updated at 07:52 GMT, Friday, 23 March 2012

Burma's 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Advertisement

In just over a week the people of Burma will go to the polls after what's been a period of unprecedented change.

A once secretive and isolated state, ranked among President Bush's "axis of evil" nations like North Korea and Iran, is now opening up after a succession of democratic reforms.

The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports from the country's former capital, Rangoon where election fever has taken over.

He speaks to a shopkeeper selling Aung San Suu Kyi t-shirts and hears how there was once a time when "the government would probably have shut down our business and put us in jail" for doing such a thing.

And Win Tin, a co-founder of the National League for Democracy, tells him that "now we see light at the end of the tunnel" and that these elections are a "harbinger of new days".

In pictures: Inside Burma


Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

SEE ALSO

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific