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Latest Reshuffle in Burma Removes Home and Labour Ministers - 2004-11-05


The home and labour ministers in Myanmar's government have been "permitted to retire" in the latest reshuffle following the ousting of prime minister General Khin Nyunt last month, state media announced Friday.

Home minister Colonel Tin Hlaing and labour minister Tin Win -also a minister at the Office of the Prime Minister -were the latest victims in a power struggle among the top ranks of the military regime.

Major General Maung Oo, who was the military commander of the Western region, has been appointed home minister and minister of science and technology U Thaung is the new labour minister.

Labour minister Tin Win was a member of the Myanmar team to attend a summit of European and Asian leaders in Hanoi in October and before that was a senior figure of the regime's delegation to the United Nations general assembly. His departure follows that in September of the former foreign minister Win Aung in the first of a series of shake-ups among the leadership. He was followed a month later by Khin Nyunt.

Four deputy ministers have also been dismissed in the reshuffle, according to state television Friday.

Information for this story is provided by AFP.

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