Myanmar Coup Leader’s Protégé Appointed to Junta Anti-Graft Body

By The Irrawaddy 3 February 2022

Major General Than Htut Thein, whose proposed appointment as junta ambassador to Singapore was rejected by the Lion City, has become a member of the junta’s anti-graft body.

The former deputy chief of military security affairs was appointed to the anti-corruption commission on Tuesday.

He was a protégé of coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing while the junta boss was serving as head of the Golden Triangle Region Command, which oversees eastern Shan State, in the 2000s. Than Htut Thein, then a colonel, later became a military-appointed parliamentarian in 2012 under U Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government.

Than Htut Thein rose through the ranks and became a major general when he was re-appointed to parliament in 2016, this time as the head of the military representatives in the national legislature.

In mid-2021, the military regime proposed to appoint Major General Than Htut Thein as Myanmar’s ambassador to Singapore to succeed the National League for Democracy-appointed U Htay Aung, who reached retirement age in 2019 but stayed in the post for two more years.

Singapore, however, rejected the junta’s proposal to appoint the Major General, according to diplomatic sources.

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