Rangoon (Mizzima) – Hla Myint, a former military officer and retired ambassador, is likely to replace current Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin, according to municipal sources.
Hla Myint, 62, was nominated in the list of cabinet ministers by Myint Swe, the chief minister of the Rangoon Regional Assembly.
Hla Myint was a student in the Defense Services Academy batch No. (13) from 1967 to 1971. In 1971, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and rose to the rank of brigadier general.
In 2002, he was transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2002 to 2005, he was ambassador to Argentina and Brazil, and served as ambassador to Japan from 2005-2010.
Current Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin is also an MP in the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for the South Okkalapa Constituency, a municipal official noted.
‘He comes to the municipal office every Friday. I hear that he has to attend Parliament on the other days’, said the official.
In early March, rumours circulated in Rangoon that Aung Thein Lin had been arrested because senior leaders were angry over financial issues.
Sources said some members of the Rangoon City Development Committee are concerned that city departments among the 20 municipal departments could be dissolved if a new mayor is named.
A senior municipal official said that the application process to buy plots of land and shops has been suspended because of the potential reshuffle.
Aung Thein Lin, 59, who is known as a hard-liner, was named Rangoon Mayor in 2003. He was also a leader of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, which was the precursor of the USDP.