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Burma (Myanmar) inherited a parliament system of Government from the British, in which the cabinet was collectively responsible to a popularly elected legislature. On March 2, 1962. the armed forces, under General Ne Win ousted the parliamentary regime in a coup detat, suspended the constitution and placed supreme authority in a revolutionary council dominated by the military. The military regime introduced a one-party party (BSPP), backed by Tatmadaw (Burmese Army). The constitution, subsequently promulgated on January 4, 1974 declared Burma a socialist state.