Myanmar Shuffles Cabinet Posts
Nov. 15, 1998
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) _ Myanmar's military government has replaced the foreign minister and appointed a new deputy prime minister in a Cabinet shuffle, an official statement said Sunday.
The junta also gave five Supreme Court justices ``permission to retire from duties'' and appointed four new justices.
The changes came a year after a major restructuring of the country's administration, in which the junta also changed its name from the State Law and Order Restoration Council to the State Peace and Development Council.
In the new changes, effective Saturday, Foreign Minister Ohn Gyaw was replaced by Win Aung, Myanmar's ambassador in London.
Ohn Gyaw, a 68-year-old career diplomat, was appointed foreign minister in 1989.
Meanwhile, the minister for military affairs, Lt. Gen. Tin Hla, took on the additional post of deputy prime minister.
The shifts in the Supreme Court did not include the chief justice, Aung Toe, who also retained the chairmanship of the National Convention Convening Work Committee, assigned to guide the drafting of a new constitution.
When the State Peace and Development Council was formed on Nov. 15, 1997, major changes also were made in the Cabinet and a major shift of high-ranking military personnel was carried out.
The government said in a recent report on the country's political situation that last year's changes indicated the military regime regards itself as a transitional or caretaker government during a step-by-step transformation to democracy. The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962. The present junta seized power in 1988.