Burma Times Correspondent: August 14, 2015
Observers are describing the removal of Shwe Mann from the post of USDP chairman as the biggest shake up in the country’s military elite in recent times.
Shwe Mann, a former army general and one of the most powerful member of the junta that ruled till 2011 was also a presidential hopeful for the upcoming elections.
President Thein Sein who earlier declared he did not want to be president have shown increasing signs that he has changed his mind.
The removal of Shwe Mann confirms what many have suspected – – cracks in the powerful military elite with president Thein Sein steering between the reformists and the conservatives.
One politician told international news media that the removal bore the signs of a palace coup with security personal deployed outside the headquarters of the ruling party and the residence of the former party chairman.
The forced removal of the party chairman along with Maung Maung Thein as general secretary coincides with the resignation of key government minsters that shows that all is not well in Naypyidaw.