List of Presidents of Burma

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This is a list of Presidents of Burma, also called Myanmar, since its independence in 1948.

The second section lists the Chairmen of the totalitarian Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) in 1962-1988, then possessing full control over the country and hence de facto representing the executive power.

Titles of the head of state[edit]

Although currently accorded the title of president, Burma's heads of state have been given a number of titles throughout the country's history, often relating to the chairmanship of various executive councils:

  • 1948–1962: President of the Union of Burma
  • 1962–1974: Chairman of the Union Revolutionary Council
  • 1974–1988: President of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma
  • 1988–1997: Chairman of the State Law and Order Restoration Council
  • 1997–2011: Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council
  • 2011–: President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

List of Presidents of Burma/Myanmar (1948–present)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)


[1]
Picture President
(Life)
Took office Left office Party
1 Sao Shwe Thaik and Hubert Elvin Rance.jpg Sao Shwe Thaik
(1894–1962)
4 January 1948 16 March 1952 Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League
2 Ba U.JPG Ba U
(1887–1963)
16 March 1952 13 March 1957 Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League
3 No image.png Win Maung
(1916–1989)
13 March 1957 2 March 1962[2] Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League
Union Revolutionary Council
(Chairman: General Ne Win)
2 March 1962 2 March 1974 Military
4 President Ne Win Portrait.JPG Ne Win
(1911–2002)
2 March 1974 9 November 1981[3] Burma Socialist Programme Party
5 San Yu portrait.JPG San Yu
(1918–1996)
9 November 1981 27 July 1988[4] Burma Socialist Programme Party
6 No image.png Sein Lwin
(1923–2004)
27 July 1988 12 August 1988[4] Burma Socialist Programme Party
U Aye Ko.jpg Aye Ko
(1921–2006)
12 August 1988 19 August 1988 Burma Socialist Programme Party
7 Dr Maung Maung.jpg Maung Maung
(1925–1994)
19 August 1988 18 September 1988[5] Burma Socialist Programme Party
State Peace and Development Council[6]
(Chairman: Senior General Saw Maung,[7]
then later Senior General Than Shwe[8])
18 September 1988 30 March 2011[9] Military
8 TheinSeinASEAN.jpg Thein Sein
(1945–)
30 March 2011 Incumbent Union Solidarity and Development Party

Chairmen of the Burma Socialist Programme Party (1962–1988)[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ These numbers are not official. The "—" denotes acting head of state.
  2. ^ Deposed in the 1962 Burmese coup d'état
  3. ^ Resigned
  4. ^ a b c d Resigned during the 8888 Uprising
  5. ^ a b Deposed in a a coup d'état during the 8888 Uprising
  6. ^ Known as State Law and Order Restoration Council from 18 September 1988 to 15 November 1997
  7. ^ Served as Chairman from 18 September 1988 to 23 April 1992
  8. ^ Served as Chairman from 23 April 1992 to 30 March 2011
  9. ^ Handed over power to the civilian government after the 2010 general election

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