ASEAN 2013 summit

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah chairs the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan

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In a room festooned with purple and yellow flowers, Myanmar took a long-coveted role on Thursday as chairman of ASEAN, the regional grouping of Southeast Asia.

But in a country where three-quarters of the population lack access to electricity and basic telephone services are patchy, the job holds as many problems as promise for a semi-civilian government that emerged from 49 years of oppressive military rule two years ago to surprise the world with sweeping reforms. (Reuters)

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