Speculation over Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s ambitions grow

18 May 2015
Speculation over Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s ambitions grow
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander in chief of the Myanmar Army, salutes during the 70th Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 27 March 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Speculation over the future of Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing continues to grow as media reports suggest the general could retire within the next two months in prepartion to contest the general election. 
Although Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is not expected to retire until 2016, at the age of sixty, journalist Larry Jagan, writing in the Bangkok Post on 16 May, suggests that the general might retire within the next couple of months causing an army re-shuffle. The article also suggests that Vice-General Soe Win will replace him.
It is expected that should Min Aung Hlaing retire he would join the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and contest the general election that is expected inNovember 2015.