Lt Gen Thein Sein
LIEUTENANT General Thein Sein was formally appointed as the prime
minister last week, replacing General Soe Win who died earlier
The appointment of Lt Gen Thein Sein, who has been serving an
acting prime minister since May, was announced in a declaration
signed by Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council
Senior General Than Shwe on October 24.
General Soe Win, who had been serving as prime minister since
2004, died of cancer on October 12.
Lt Gen Thein Sein previously served as secretary (1) of the
SPDC and currently holds the military post of adjutant general.
Since 2004 he has also been instrumental in organising the National
Convention to adopt principles for a new constitution. The convention
was concluded on September 3.
Lt Gen Thein Sein was the commander of Triangle Command based
in Kengtong in Shan State for nearly four years before his promotion
to a senior position in the SPDC in 2001. He was appointed secretary
(2) of the SPDC in 2003 and the following year was promoted to
A separate announcement by the SPDC on October 24 said a senior
member of the council, Lt Gen Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo has
replaced Lt Gen Thein Sein as secretary (1).
Lt Gen Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo has held the military position
of quartermaster general since 2001.
He also served for nearly four years as the commander of Northeast
Command based in Lashio in Shan State before being promoted to
a senior position in the SPDC in 2001.
In other changes announced by the SPDC on October 24, U Aung
Kyi was appointed Minister of Labour, replacing U Thaung, who
still holds the post of Minister of Science and Technology.
U Aung Kyi, who had been deputy minister at the same ministry,
was also appointed Minister for Relations earlier this month to
promote dialogue between the SPDC and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Meanwhile, three new deputy ministers were also appointed: Maj-Gen
Thein Htay at the Ministry of Defence, Maj-Gen Kyaw Swa Khaing
at the Ministry of Industry (2) and Maj-Gen Thein Tun at the Ministry
of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs.
The government changes were the first since May 2006.