People's Councils

   In the political system established by the Constitution of 1974, popularly elected bodies on the state/ division, township, and ward/village tract levels that were responsible for public administration, law and order, and other functions. Encouraged to exercise "local autonomy under central leadership" (perhaps a contradiction), they were in fact tightly controlled by state and Burma Socialist Programme Party organs on the central or national level according to the Leninist principle of "democratic centralism."

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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