Burmese army shuf­fles to beat poll rules

The Scotsman - - International - MattHew day In BangKOK

BURMA’s top three rulers stepped down from the mil­i­tary yes­ter­day, a se­nior army source said, paving their way to as­sume the most pow­er­ful roles in the coun­try af­ter a par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in Novem­ber.

The res­ig­na­tions mean

that mil­i­tary junta supremo Than shwe, 77 – Burma’s leader since 1992 – and right-hand men, Muang Aye, 72, and Thura shwe Man, 62, are now civil­ians and can take the posts of pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent or govern­ment min­is­ters af­ter the 7 Novem­ber polls, the first in two decades.

“All top lead­ers have given up their mil­i­tary po­si­tions and the va­cant po­si­tions have been filled by ju­niors,” a mil­i­tary source con­firmed.

The govern­ment will be formed by a civil­ian pres­i­dent cho­sen by the up­per and lower houses fol­low­ing the nom­i­na­tion of three peo­ple.

The two un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates au­to­mat­i­cally be­come vice-pres­i­dents.

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