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Myanmar moves to welcome back expatriates

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar has lifted a ban on more than 2,000 of its citizens, including journalists, allowing those living abroad to return home.
U.S. names envoy to Myanmar with caveats

U.S. names envoy to Myanmar with caveats

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Washington said it was appointing its first envoy to Myanmar in more than 20 years but still had concerns about human rights and ethnic violence in the country.

Work with Myanmar, think tank says

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Western countries should engage the new regime in Myanmar to encourage it to continue with reforms, Think tank International Crisis Group said.
U.N. says junta must show its move genuine

U.N. says junta must show its move genuine

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- Myanmar authorities must show their latest transfer of power is a genuine move away from military rule, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Myanmar ends junta?

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, March 30 (UPI) -- Myanmar moved a top army chief into the top leadership position, though a shadow government is made up of junta rulers, opposition voices said.

Thein Sein elected president of Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Myanmar's Parliament elected Gen. Thein Sein as president Friday -- an expected move from a body dominated by supporters of the country's military junta.

Than Shwe not on Myanmar candidate list

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Myanmar's new Parliament nominated five lawmakers to vie for president of the military-controlled country but the list did not include top Gen. Than Shwe.

Junta leader left out in Myanmar?

RANGOON, Myanmar, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Myanmar lawmakers, who took office this week, signaled they weren't keen to put junta leader Gen. Than Shwe in the role of the president.

Myanmar military chief remains at the helm

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Myanmar's top junta chief remains in control, despite rumours he had stepped down ahead of the controversial November election, the first in nearly 20 years.

Myanmar junta intact?

YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A message regarding a top military leader in Myanmar dismisses reports of a military shake-up ahead of a national vote, local newspapers claim.

U.S. backs U.N. Myanmar war crimes probe

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. government signaled support for creating a U.N. commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Myanmar, officials said.

Myanmar military chief visits India

NEW DELHI, July 26 (UPI) -- Myanmar's junta chief has begun a five-day "religious" visit to India, the first trip to the sub-continent for Sen. Gen. Than Shwe since 2004.

Suu Kyi's party to boycott election

YANGON, Myanmar, March 30 (UPI) -- Myanmar's main opposition party that won the last national election two decades ago has said it will not take part in the military's forthcoming poll.

Myanmar military remains defiant over poll

YANGON, Myanmar, March 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar's ruling military celebrated Armed Forces Day as the junta prepares to give up at least partial control of the country through controversial national elections.

Shwe vows fair elections in Myanmar

NAY PYI TWA, Myanmar, March 27 (UPI) -- Myanmar's military ruler Gen. Than Shwe said during a parade in the capital Saturday his country's upcoming elections will be free and fair.
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Senior General Than Shwe(Burmese: သန်းရွှေ; pronounced ; born 3 February 1933) is a Burmese military leader and politician who was chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) from 1992 to 2011. During the period, he held key positions of power including commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces and head of Union Solidarity and Development Association. In 2011, he officially resigned from his position as head of state, in favor of his hand-picked successor, Thein Sein.

Than Shwe was born in Minzu village, near Kyaukse, British Burma in 1933. In 1951, Than Shwe attended Government High School in Kyaukse. He took up employment at the Meikhtila Post Office as a postal clerk in 1952. Later he enlisted in the Burmese Army and partook in the ninth in take of Army Officer Training School.

After graduating from the Officer Training School, Second Lieutenant Than Shwe was posted to No. 1 Infantry Battalion as a squad leader on 11 July 1953. He was promoted to platoon commander with the rank of Lieutenant on 11 July 1955 and to Company Commander with the rank of Captain in 21 February 1957 in the same battalion. He was involved in military operation carried out by No. 1 Infantry Battalion in Karen State, Southern Shan State and Eastern Thanlwin area.

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