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KNU chairman announces retirement

Gen Tamla Baw, the 93-year-old Chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU), has announced his resignation and retirement.

According to a KNU source, he made the announcement on Monday in a speech at the opening ceremony of the KNU’s 15th Congress which is currently being held in Hlaing Bwe Township in Karen State.

No successor has yet been chosen, the source said.

The KNU leadership has been in turmoil recently following an internal rift between a faction led by Gen Mutu Say Poe and a hardliners headed by Tamla Baw’s daughter, Zipporah Sein.

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