David Taw's untimely death last Sunday in a military hospital in Yangon may have finally brought peace to the Karen leader, but it leaves the political organisation he spent decades working for grappling with a divisive split that threatens to weaken and derail its ongoing peace talks with the Myanmar government.
MIGHTY FIGURE FALLEN: A KNLA soldier mourns in front of David Taw’s coffin. As many as 1,000 people travelled to pay their last respects at his funeral last week.
The potential of a crippling division unfurled less than two weeks ago when the Karen National Union (KNU) dismissed three of its leaders, including Taw, for defying KNU protocols by arranging political events and discussions with government delegates without approval.
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