According to the BBC, Burma's military leaders have retired their military posts in preparation for the upcoming elections. The BBC reports that under the new constitution, the president will be appointed by the new parliament. Under the new constitution, parliament still has a portion of seats reserved for the military. Additionally, those holding criminal convictions or religious posts (read: political activists and Buddhist monks) will not be allowed to participate in the elections.icon_evil.gif

Significantly, Aung San Suu Kyi's party originally boycotted these elections and have since been disbanded in Burma..

However, this is still a large step for the junta who have refused to hold elections for several decades. While the ruling authorities are not expected to change, it marks a significant step from military to civilian rule.