Shwe Mann

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Thura
Shwe Mann
ရွှေမန်း
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Speaker of the Burmese House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 January 2011
Deputy Nanda Kyaw Swa
Preceded by Position established
Member of the Burmese House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 January 2011
Preceded by Constituency established
Constituency Zeyathiri Township
Chief of Staff of the Tatmadaw
In office
2001–2011
Personal details
Born (1947-07-11) 11 July 1947 (age 67)[1]
Kanyuntkwin, Bago Region, Burma[2]
Nationality Burmese
Political party Union Solidarity and Development Party
Spouse(s) Khin Lay Thet
Children Toe Naing Mann
Aung Htet Mann (Shwe Mann Ko Ko)
Alma mater Defence Services Academy
Occupation Joint Chief of Staff
Military service
Allegiance Burma Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Years of service 1969–2010
Rank General

Thura Shwe Mann (Burmese: သူရ ရွှေမန်း, pronounced: [θùja̰ ʃwè máɴ]; born 11 July 1947) is a Burmese politician who has been Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament, since 2011. Previously he was a leading figure in the military junta that ruled Burma until 2011, serving as joint chief of staff of the Burmese Armed Forces; he was the third highest-ranking member of the State Peace and Development Council, after Than Shwe and Maung Aye.

Career[edit]

Shwe Mann graduated in 1969 from the Defence Services Academy, Intake 11. He was promoted to major in 1988. Shwe Mann earned the honorific title "Thura" for his bravery in fighting the Karen National Liberation Army in 1989, and continued his studies at the National Defence Institute. He was the Tactical Operations Commander for Light Infantry Division (LID) 66, based in Prome, Northern Bago Division in 1991. Shwe Mann joined the Ministry of Defence in 2001, becoming joint chief-of-staff. In 2003, he was promoted to general.

He is married to Khin Lay Thet, and the couple have sons, Toe Naing Mann (born June 29, 1978) and Aung Thet Mann (also known as Shwe Mann Ko Ko, born June 19, 1977), who own Red Link Communications, one of the country's few wireless providers.[3] His son Toe Naing Mann is married to Zay Zin Latt, the daughter of Khin Shwe, a business tycoon who owns Zaykabar Company.[2]

On 31 January 2011, he was elected Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament.[4]

On 7 February 2012, Shwe Mann addressed the Pyithu Hluttaw, and acknowledged the longstanding issue of corruption in all levels of the government sector, a significant step in the country's normalization process.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shwe Mann". Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography: Shwe Mann, Burma's Dictator-in-Waiting". American Embassy at Rangoon. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 411/2010 of 10 May 2010 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 194/2008 renewing and strengthening the restrictive measures in respect of Burma/Myanmar, Official Journal of the European Union
  4. ^ "Burma's parliament opens new session". BBC News. 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Thant, Myo (9 February 2012). "Shwe Mann delivers reformist-style speech". Mizzima News. Retrieved 10 February 2012.