Rumoured rivalries within the different factions of the military. Maung Aye is of the old-school isolationist, xenophobic, class of generals. Khin Nyunt is head of the other faction but he and his allies have been imprisoned on corruption charges.
5 Feb 2009 - Sources close to the military establishment said Maj-Gen Maung Oo, Minister for Home Affairs was appointed to co-head the Ministry of Immigration & Population, which was earlier headed by Maj-Gen Saw Lwin. Similarly, Maj-Gen Khin Maung Myint, Minister for Electric Power No 2 will also head the Ministry of Construction, which was earlier headed by Maj-Gen Saw Tun.
Head of State
18 September 1988 - State Law and Order Restoration Council
> Senior General Saw Maung (18 September 1988 – 23 April 1992)
> Senior General Than Shwe (23 April 1992 – 15 November 1997)
15 November 1997 - State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar
> Senior General Than Shwe (15 November 1997 – present)
Declaration No.1/88, No. 1/90, No 13/92
SLORC Notification #1/97
The military government’s main objective is to systematically move towards “a modernized, well-developed and peaceful nation within a solidified union and supportive economic infrastructure.
The State Peace and Development Council is the official name of the military regime, originally known as State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) which defines itself as a transitional or a caretaker government. It took over power on September 1988 in a coup after several failed attempts of the former BSPP to appease protestors. The name change in 1997 is explained as a necessary indication of the military progress in moving step by step towards transforming to a democracy.