Than Shwe

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Than Shwe
Than Shwe in 2010
Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council
In office
23 April 1992 – 30 March 2011
Prime Minister
See list
DeputyMaung Aye
Preceded bySaw Maung
Succeeded byThein Sein (as President)
DeputyMaung Aye
Prime Minister of Myanmar
In office
23 April 1992 – 30 March 2011
Preceded bySaw Maung
Succeeded byMin Aung Hlaing
8th Prime Minister of Burma
In office
23 April 1992 – 25 August 2003
Preceded bySaw Maung
Succeeded byKhin Nyunt
Personal details
Born (1933-02-02) 2 February 1933 (age 91)[1]
Kyaukse, Upper Burma, British India
(now in Myanmar)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s)Kyaing Kyaing
RelationsNay Shwe Thway Aung (grandson)
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Branch/service Myanmar Army
Years of service1953 - 2011
Rank Senior General

Than Shwe (Burmese: သန်းရွှေ; pronounced: [θáɴ ʃwè]; born 2 February 1933) is a Burmese army general and politician, retired commander-in-chief and military ruler of Myanmar until 2010. He was the head of state of Burma from 1992 to 2011 as Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Occupying key positions, including Prime Minister of Myanmar, Commander-in-chief of Myanmar Defense Services, and head of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, he faced criticism for perceived undemocratic practices. In March 2011, Than Shwe officially stepped down as head of state, facilitating the transition to his chosen successor, Thein Sein, and as the head of the Armed Forces, being succeeded by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Than Shwe continues to wield significant influence within the military.

Than Shwe is suffering from diabetes and he is rumored to have colorectal cancer.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Than Shwe". Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  2. "Than Shwe Watch". 2009-03-10. Archived from the original on 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-13.

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