Than Shwe

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Than Shwe
သန်းရွှေ
Than Shwe 2010-10-11.jpg
Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council
In office
23 April 1992 – 30 March 2011
DeputyMaung Aye
Preceded bySaw Maung
Succeeded byThein Sein as President
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar
In office
23 April 1992 – 30 March 2011
DeputyMaung Aye
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 86)[1]
Kyaukse, Upper Burma, British India
(now in Myanmar)
NationalityBurmese
Spouse(s)Kyaing Kyaing
RelationsNay Shwe Thway Aung (grandson)
Children8
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Branch/serviceMyanmar Army
Years of service1953 - 2011
RankSenior General.gif Senior General

Senior General Than Shwe (Burmese: သန်းရွှေ; pronounced: [θáɴ ʃwè]; born 2 February 1933) is a Burmese strongman politician. He was the head of state of Burma from 1992 to 2011 as Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). In March 2011 he officially stepped down as head of state in favour of his hand-picked successor, Thein Sein, and as head of the Armed Forces, being replaced by general Min Aung Hlaing.

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. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  2. "Than Shwe Watch". Irrawaddy.org. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2011-03-13.

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