Wai Lwin

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Wai Lwin
Minister for Defence
Assumed office
September 2012
Yangon Region Hluttaw MP
In office
12 July 2012 – September 2012
Personal details
Born Burma
Nationality Burmese
Spouse(s) Swe Swe Oo
Children Wai Phyo Aung, Wai Phyo, Lwin Yamin
Alma mater Defence Services Academy
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Wai Lwin (Burmese: ဝေလွင်) is the incumbent Minister for Defence.[1] He graduated in 1976 from the 16th intake of the Defence Services Academy.[1]

He served as a former deputy commander of Yangon Region from 2003 to 2006 and as military commander of the Naypyidaw region from May 2006 to July 2012.[1][2] In July 2012, he was appointed into the Yangon Region Hluttaw to replace Captain Lin Lin Kyaw, becoming the highest-ranked military member serving in a regional parliament.[2]

He was on the EU blacklist from December 2003 until May 2012.[1][3] Wai Lwin was temporarily suspended in August 2011 for suspicions of corruption and is a close associate of Than Shwe, former chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.[1]

Wai Lwin is married to Swe Swe Oo, and the couple have children, namely Wai Phyo Aung, Wai Phyo, and Lwin Yamin.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cabinet Ministers". Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kyaw Hsu Mon (16 July 2012). "Lt Gen Wai Lwin in line for top job in Yangon". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "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". Access to European Union law. European Commission. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2014.