Wai Lwin

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Wai Lwin
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Minister of Defence
In office
September 2012 – 13 August 2015[1]
Preceded by Hla Min
Succeeded by Sein Win
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) was the Minister of Defence.[2] He graduated in 1976 from the 16th intake of the Defence Services Academy.[2]

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.[2][3] 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.[3]

He was on the EU blacklist from December 2003 until May 2012.[2][4] 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.[2]

Wai Lwin is married to Swe Swe Oo, and the couple have children, namely Wai Phyo Aung, Wai Phyo, and Lwin Yamin.[4]


  1. ^ "Top ministers resign". Eleven. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Cabinet Ministers". Alternative Asean Network on Burma. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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.