Aung Kyi

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Aung Kyi
အောင်ကြည်
Minister of Information of Myanmar
In office
27 August 2012[1] – 29 July 2014[2]
Preceded by Kyaw Hsan
Succeeded by Ye Htut
Minister of Labour of Myanmar
In office
24 October 2007 – 27 August 2012
Preceded by Tin Aye
Succeeded by Maung Myint
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement of Myanmar
In office
30 March 2011 – 27 August 2012
Succeeded by Myat Myat Ohn Khin
MP of the Pyithu Hluttaw
In office
31 January 2011 – 30 March 2011
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Phyu Phyu Thin
Constituency Mingala Taungnyunt Township
Majority 28,566 (47%)
Deputy Minister of Labour of Myanmar
In office
November 2006 – 24 October 2007
Personal details
Born (1946-11-01) 1 November 1946 (age 67)
Yangon, Burma
Nationality Burmese
Political party Union Solidarity and Development Party
Spouse(s) Thet Thet Swe
Alma mater Officers Training School
Religion Theravada Buddhism
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Rank Major General
Awards Thu‐ye‐gaung‐hmat‐tan‐win tazeit
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Aung Kyi (Burmese: အောင်ကြည်) was the Minister of Information, Minister of Labor and Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in the Cabinet of Burma. He was appointed as the Minister of Labor on 24 October 2007 by the then ruling State Peace and Development Council.[3] In October 2007, he received an additional, concurrent appointment as minister for relations to detained National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.[4]

Career[edit]

Aung Kyi is a retired major general in the Myanmar Armed Forces.[5] He graduated from the 40th intake of the Officers Training School. He was named deputy minister for labor in November 2006, and in that capacity has been in charge of relations with the International Labor Organization. In February 2007, he brokered a deal with the ILO to establish a new system of reporting of complaints of forced labor. He was appointed Minister for Labour in October 2007.[3]

Aung Kyi has a reputation for relative accessibility, compared to the predominantly secretive leaders of the junta.[6][7][8]

Aung Kyi's appointment as the junta's official liaison to Aung San Suu Kyi in October 2007 followed worldwide condemnation of the junta after its violent crackdown on the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests.[4] The junta then sought to reopen talks with Suu Kyi, the detained leader of the National League for Democracy.[9]

The creation of the Cabinet-level position of liaison minister, to "smooth relations with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi", had been suggested to the State Peace and Development Council by United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who had been working on a diplomatic solution to the political crisis in Myanmar.[9]

Aung Kyi's appointment as minister of relations is concurrent with his duties as minister of labour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ministryofinformation.gov.mm/index.php/announcement/751-2012-08-27-12-51-01.html
  2. ^ Press, Associated. "Myanmar information and health ministers step down". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  3. ^ a b State Peace and Development Council Order No 4/2007, New Light of Myanmar published in Thursday, October 25, 2007; retrieved 2007-11-21
  4. ^ a b Myanmar appoints Suu Kyi 'liaison', Al Jazeera; retrieved 2007-11-19
  5. ^ Decoding Aung San Suu Kyi's statement, The Irrawaddy; retrieved 2007-11-19.
  6. ^ Myanmar leaders name Suu Kyi liaison, Associated Press/Independent Online; retrieved 2007-11-19
  7. ^ Myanmar Junta Names Liaison to Suu Kyi, Associated Press/Washington Post; October 8, 2007. retrieved 2007-11-19.
  8. ^ Myanmar liaison for Suu Kyi noted moderate, Agence France-Press/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; retrieved 2007-11-19.
  9. ^ a b Burma's opposition: No preconditions for talks, Associated Press/USA Today; retrieved 2007-11-19