Burma Correspondent: A report on Saturday said that Burma’s army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing (left) and his deputy are set to get for five years extension. In this photo, Min Aung Hlaing shakes hands with party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of National League for Democracy (right) before their meeting at the Commander in-Chief’s office in Naypyidaw on Dec. 2, 2015.
Min Aung Hlaing, Burma’s army chief and his deputy are set to enhance their terms for another five years as the National League for Democracy (NLD) Leader, Aung San Suu Kyi is under negotiation of the terms oftransitionwith the military, a Reuters report said Saturday, quoting a local newspaper. The movemeans Hlaing has consolidated his positionin the countrys military, and that there will not beany senior-level reshuffle in the army.
Burmas parliament had declared earlier in the week that the parliamentary committees will start discussing the three nominees for presidency on March 17. The three candidates would be nominated by the lower and upper houses of Parliament, and by the military. After the names are declared, the parliament would vote for the three nominees, out of whom one will be named as the president and the other two will be named as the vice presidents.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was defeated Suu Kyi’s party, which is backed by the military, in November, beginning a transition that would end on April 1when the new government starts ruling. The win allowsNLDto push forward its nominee for the presidency,but the partywill still have to deal with the military, which has been guaranteed 25 percent of the seats in the parliament, and the three security ministers. The details of the negotiations between NLD and the military are not known.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who is turning 60 soon, will take the duty of the commander-in-chief for five more years, the local newspaper said, citing a military source,accordingto Reuters.The decisions were announced at the recent quarterly meeting of top-level military officials.
The newspaper did not reportedlyclarify the legal basis on which the move was made or if it would need to be approved by the president. The current regulations state that thearmychief has to retire at the age of 60.
It is believed that the NLD will get the presidents post and a vice presidents seat due to its majority in both the houses of the Parliament. But a clause in the constitution, Article 59 (f), deniesanyone with a spouse orchildren with a different nationalityfrom becoming thepresident. Suu Kyis late husband was British and so are her children, which may be an issue for her to take the post.
Suu Kyi and NLD have also been negotiatingwith the military and Hlaing to get their support to amend the constitution, a move that requires over 75 percent votes. Since the military holds 25 percent of the seats in the parliament, the Article 59 (f) cannot be scrapped from the constitution without the militarys support.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Burma’s outgoing president Thein Seincancelled his trip to attend the U.S.-ASEAN summit in California next week without giving any reason for the move.