Military officers taking over administrative sectors besides defence duties

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Nay Pyi Taw, 13 August

The military chief, who grabbed power by force, gave senior military officials more authority in administrative management sectors in addition to military affairs, political analysts told Than Lwin Times.

The military regime extended a state of emergency another six months from August 1 to January 31,2024 on the grounds of instability in the country, and reformed the council.

The newly formed 18-member council includes nine senior military officials, giving them the highest powers.

The newly established union-level administrative management committees also appointed generals to serve as chairs in the first week of July.

Military generals have also been assigned to the Committee on Ensuring the Free Flow of Trade and Goods, as well as the newly-established Foreign Exchange Supervisory Committee, with Lieutenant General Mo Myint Tun, one of the closest aides to the junta chief, serving as chairman.

U Pe Than, a political analyst, pointed out that “the military leaders are taking positions not only in the military but also in other administrative sectors, which is a sign of shaping the country into a military rule”.

U Pe Thant went on to say that the military council’s involvement in the judiciary, including departments unrelated to the military, is intended to control civil servants, and may have negative consequences that could worsen the relationship between the military and civil servants.

According to political observers, the military council, on the other hand, has fully implemented military rule by granting military captains, majors, and officers the highest roles in ministries.

Over 500 people’s armed forces have sprung up in Myanmar as a result of the military coup, and they are collaborating with ethnic armed organizations to topple the military regime.

News-Than Lwin Times

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