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Thein Sein

Assumed office 
24 October 2007
Acting: April 2007 – 24 October 2007
Leader Than Shwe
Preceded by Soe Win

Born 1945
Political party SPDC
Spouse(s) Khin Khin Win

General Thein Sein (Burmese: သိန်းစိန်; born 1945) is the current prime minister of Burma (officially Myanmar). He was appointed in April 2007 by the nation's ruling military junta [1] as interim prime minister, replacing Soe Win, who was undergoing medical treatment.[2][3] Thein Sein became Soe Win's permanent successor on 24 October 2007 after Soe Win's death on 12 October 2007.[4]

Thein Sein is not a democratically elected leader. The legitimate claimant to the role of prime minister is Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, who has been under house arrest since winning the election (and subsequently winning the Nobel Peace Prize) in 1990 and 1991, respectively. Though in a democratic government the position of prime minister would entail primary executive power and head-of-state status, the current Burmese dictatorship yields nearly all power to General Than Shwe, the party chairman.

Thein Sein held the position of first secretary in the ruling State Peace and Development Council junta. He is the country's fourth-highest ranking general, and also serves as the chairman of the government-sponsored National Convention Convening Commission. Thein Sein carried out high-level negotiations with Bangladesh and Cambodia.[2][3]

Sometime after his official appointment as prime minister, he was promoted to the rank of full general from lieutenant general.[5] On his first official visit outside Myanmar as prime minister, Thein Sein carried out high-level negotiations with Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Countries Me-My
  2. ^ a b Burmese junta choose stand-in PM, BBC, retrieved 2007-05-20.
  3. ^ a b Burmese Junta Tips New Prime Minister, retrieved 2007-05-20.
  4. ^ Myanmar appoints new PM, Xinhua; retrieved 2007-10-24
  5. ^ Myanmar PM to visit Laos, Vietnam, Xinhua; retrieved 2007-11-07
  6. ^ Burma's PM visits Vietnam, Associated Press via The Age; retrieved 2007-11-11
  7. ^ Laos, Myanmar set to enhance relations, Xinhua; retrieved 2007-11-11
  8. ^ Myanmar's prime minister visits Cambodia to garner support against sanctions
Political offices
Preceded by
Soe Win
Prime Minister of Myanmar
2007 – present
Succeeded by


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