Burma's new hardline leader Sein Lwin has blamed officials, not the system, for the country's crisis, dashing opposition hopes of fundamental change in the one-party socialist state

In his first speech after being elected chairman of the Burma Socialist Program Party (BSPP) on Tuesday he said corrupt and inefficient officials of the all-powerful party must change their ways.Former Brig. Gen. Sein Lwin, 64, has been responsible for suppressing all opposition since 1962 and among students and opposition groups is the most hated figure in the ruling elite.