More military officers appointed as heads of health departments

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Nay Pyi Taw, 24 November

The military council appointed 24 majors and military officers, including a lieutenant colonel, to fill vacant positions in the Department of Health, according to the junta statement.

According to Myanmar Gazette released on November 17, Lieutenant Colonel Htoo Aung Win has been appointed as the director of Nay Pyi Taw Public Hospital, and other majors and captains as assistant directors, specialists, and chiefs of health department.

In September, 10 captains were assigned as chief officers and assistant managers in three ministries.

A political analyst, U Than Soe Naing, criticized the military for instituting a military bureaucracy by transferring military officers to various departments and ruling the staff with sole authority.

Analysts say that military officers, also called Moe Kya Shwe Ko, have increasingly taken up positions in civilian departments during the coup.

According to information obtained by the Than Lwin Times, at least 160 military officers have been transferred to department heads in the two years since the coup.

The military council appoints colonels as directors, lieutenants colonel as deputy directors, majors as assistant directors, and captains as chief officers.

According to the Gazette, military officers were appointed to the Union Election Commission, Myanmar Economic Bank, Commerce, Ministry of Health and Education and other important ministries.

Analysts have concluded that the military council has strengthened the military-dominated administrative system by assigning military officers to civilian departments.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo – MOI

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