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Top military brass promoted


New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Commander-in-Chief and the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services have been promoted, according to a listing of their ranks in the state–run New Light of Myanmar on Tuesday.
 
In a news story about President Thein Sein’s visit to Cambodia to attend the 20th Asean Summit, the names and the ranks of top military officials who saw the president off at Naypyitaw Airport were mentioned.
 
Their names listed them as “Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Vice-Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, [and] Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Commander-in-Chief (Army) General Soe Win.”
67th-Armed-Forces-DayThe former ranks of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Soe Win were general and lieutenant general, respectively.

Promotions in the Defence Services are usually mentioned only in news stories about an officer’s activities.

Min Aung Hlaing became the acting joint chief of staff of the army, navy, and air force in June 2010 and is now the General Commander-in-Chief of all the Burmese armed forces. At 54 years old, he is considered to be among a new breed of military officer. He has a reputation as a brave fighter with a scholarly bent and a no-nonsense, straight talker.

On March 27, Min Aung Hlaing said the Tatmadaw [armed forces] have a duty to play a political role and to guard the junta-drafted Constitution, in remarks during the 67th Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw.

He said the government-appointed, unelected military representatives sitting as Members of Parliament are acting “in the national interest” and “just performing a national political duty.”

Speaking to 13,000 troops, he said, “Our Tatmadaw has to respect and obey as well as preserve the state Constitution, which is the same as our country's life, together with all nationals. “

The military would protect the Constitution as its main duty while building “a new, modern and developed democratic nation,” he said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 April 2012 21:03 )  

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