(From Reuters)

Myanmar’s powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on Saturday, as the military and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi negotiate the terms of transition.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

The move means Min Aung Hlaing has consolidated his power base among the military leadership and would allow the army to avoid a top-level reshuffle at this sensitive period. It will also boost Min Aung Hlaing’s position in talks with Suu Kyi.

“Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who is turning 60 soon, will take the duty of the commander-in-chief for five more years,” said the Voice newspaper, citing a military source based in the country’s capital Naypyitaw. It added that Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, will also get a five year extension.

“The decisions were announced at the recent quarterly meeting of top-level military officials,” said the paper citing the same source.

The newspaper did not clarify the legal basis for the move and it did not explain whether the decision would require an approval by the president. Read More

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