Head Of Myanmar Military Appoints Loyalist To Important Military Position

Major General Zaw Hein, a major loyalist of the Naypyitaw Regional Command, has been named commander.
A reshuffle carried out on August 25 propelled his longtime protégé into one of the military’s most sensitive positions. service officer for Min Aung Hlaing before he was appointed as Naypyitaw commander. He previously served as headmaster of Pyin Oo Lwin’s elite Defence Services Academy (DSA).
As the country’s administrative capital as well as its top general, Naypyitaw is regarded of the 14 military commands as its most important.
Capt Nyi Thuta, who defected from the military after the February 1 coup, said the Naypyitaw commander is primarily responsible for the security of the commander in chief.
Zaw Hein was appointed chief minister of the Ayeyarwady region by his father, the former brigadier general Thein Aung, during the quasi-civilian administration of Thein Sein. Prior to Thein Sein taking office in 2011, Myanmar was ruled by a junta that included Thein Aung.
An anonymous former military officer told Myanmar Now that Zaw Hein rose steadily through the ranks from joining the 38th intake of the DSA to being a first-grade officer and commander of the Light Infantry Division 11, based in Bago. He became the headmaster of the DSA, and now he is the Naypyitaw commander,” he said.
Zaw Hein’s military career was characteristic of someone who had been trained for a high military position.
“These juniors will be important in the future, so they should be well protected. They are also not placed in an area where they will face trouble or any real risk. You don’t have anything to worry about as DSA headmaster. The top generals keep their favorite juniors at all times, according to his statement.
Zaw Hein is 19 years younger than Min Aung Hlaing, who graduated from the DSA’s 19th intake. Additionally, there are a number of high-ranking military officers who are at least a decade younger than the senior general, who turned 65 in July.
Only Gen. Maung Maung Kyaw, the air force’s commander, and Gen. Moe Aung, the naval leader, whose age is nine years younger, come close in age to him.
Similarly, Maung Maung Kyaw and Moe Aung are both sons of high-ranking generals in the former junt. Moe Myint Tun, the army chief of staff, is younger than his successor, Min Aung Hlaing.ion Council (SAC) and chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission.
Myo Zaw Thein, Ye Win Oo, and Lieutenant General Than Hlaing, the chief of police and the deputy home affairs minister, are all younger than Min Aung Hlaing who became the youngest lieutenant general in the history of the Myanmar military.
As Min Aung Hlaing’s first act after overthrowing the elected government, he removed a rule requiring commanders-in-chief to retire at 65.m to keep power indefinitely.
Further cementing his control over the military, he reshuffled a number of high-ranking generals from positions held before the coup.
General Mya Tun Oo, who was the joint chief of staff of the army, navy, and air force, became defense minister. He replaced Lieutenant General Sein Win in the latter post. Under the previous government, Lt-Gen Ye Aung served as border affairs minister.
Additionally, Gen Tin Aung San was removed from his position as navy commander and made minister of transport and communication.
Maj Hein Thaw Oo, an army defector who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement in March, claims Myanmar’s military operates differently than most armed forces.
“In the military, anyone higher up is always a threat,” he told Myanmar Now in April. “It’s almost as if there was a monarchy and slave system.”

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