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Video Shows Pricey Myanmar Wedding



The Associated Press

Thursday, November 2, 2006; 3:52 PM


BANGKOK, Thailand -- A video of an extravagant wedding for the daughter of Myanmar's military leader has raised questions about the lifestyles of members of the ruling junta in the impoverished country.


The leaked video shows Thandar Shwe, the daughter of junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe, wearing a staggering collection of diamond encrusted jewelry and extravagant clothing. There is also a lavish bridal chamber, seemingly the size of a small ballroom.


The Irrawaddy, a respected online magazine put out by Myanmar journalists exiled in Thailand, said the wedding cost $300,000 and the couple received wedding gifts worth $50 million, although it didn't say how it obtained the figures.


The video of the July wedding at a military reception hall in Myanmar's main city, Yangon, began circulating on DVD about three weeks ago and Irrawaddy this week posted a link to it on the video-sharing site YouTube.



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